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Trading standards to investigate secondhand cars for sale in Ulverston lay-by

CONSUMERS have been told to be cautious after trading standards officials launched an investigation into the sale of used cars from Cumbria lay-bys and public roads.

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FOR SALE These vehicles are all for sale at the bottom of Newton Street, in Ulverston

A number of secondhand vehicles have been parked in the area around Swan Street, Ulverston, and other locations in the town in recent weeks.

Signs displayed on the cars advertise them as for sale and provide contact details for the owner.

But potential buyers have been warned after Cumbria County Council officers launched an investigation amid suspicion that some sellers may be breaking the law.

According to the rules governing the sale of vehicles on a public highway, individuals can advertise their car for sale as long as it is not obstructing the road.

But it is illegal for professional vehicle traders to misrepresent themselves as private sellers in order to avoid the legal obligations and taxes which apply to licensed car dealerships.

It is also against the law for traders to place two vehicles for sale within half a kilometre of each other on a public street.

A Cumbria Trading Standards spokesman said: “We are aware of the ongoing sale of second hand vehicles from this lay-by in Ulverston and are working with the county council’s highways and South Lakeland District Council’s environmental health teams to monitor the situation.

“Trading Standards officers have been regularly attending the site to make note of number plates and contact numbers displayed to check who is selling the cars.

“If they are being sold by traders they must display adverts to make this clear as it’s a criminal offence for a trader to falsely represent themselves as a private individual.

“While vehicles can be sold from the highway it is illegal to do so if the highway is obstructed or the vehicle is unroadworthy.

“Traders can also be prosecuted if they place two or more motor vehicles for sale on a road within 500m of each other.”

A South Lakeland District Council spokesman said: “Officers from South Lakeland District Council street enforcement team are involved in an ongoing investigation which is being conducted under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act looking at potential breach of rules governing advertising cars on a public highway.”

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Good shout, "r". The number of cars for sale by the Lisdoonie in Barrow is just as bad. That and Newton Street have got to be some no-account Arthur Daley type flogging cheap cars. Hope Trading Standards throw the book at them.

Posted by Ulverstonian on 30 July 2014 at 13:51

It's taken over 2 years of running around with the council, highways, trading standards and the police. Nothing happened until we contacted the MP John woodcock.

Posted by Gold swan on 30 July 2014 at 12:49

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