Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council

BRUSHING UP ON MOTOR TRADE LAW


MOTOR TRADERS throughout North Yorkshire are being urged to attend three special seminars designed for them to understand the laws which affect the way they operate.

Topics to be covered include the recent changes to the Sale of Goods Act 1979, Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and what to do if the buyer of a car via a website exercises the right to cancel.

Specific advice will also be given on the new Office of Fair Trading guidance for car dealers. The seminars, organised by North Yorkshire County Council's trading standards service, will be held on June 11 in Scarborough, June 25 in Harrogate and July 9 in Easingwold.

Councillor Carl Les, the county council's executive member for trading standards, said: "The trading standards service receives over a thousand complaints each year about the sale of new and second hand cars. By working with the motor trade in these seminars we aim to help them provide a better service for customers. We also want them to know that the trading standards service is available to help them with their concerns."

A large part of each session will be given over to questions and answers. Trading Standards are inviting car dealers to submit questions or scenarios that they would like to discuss in advance. Traders will also get the opportunity to discuss ways in which the trading standards service can help businesses.

Attendance at each seminar costs £25 a delegate and this includes refreshments and an information pack. Any trader wanting to book a place or needing more information should contact Jo Boutflower on 01609-768617 or e-mail jo.boutflower@northyorks.gov.uk or David Sayer on 01609-768619.

3-6-'03

Contact: David Sayer on 01609-768619

Executive member: Councillor Carl Les (Con) 01677-423702 Mob: 07860-639600

Group spokespeople: Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382, Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) 01757-708849