Car trading company convicted of supplying vehicle with false trade description

30 Nov 2016

A car trading company was fined $40,000 today (November 30) at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts for supplying a second-hand vehicle with a false trade description, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Hong Kong Customs received information in November last year alleging that a second-hand car trading company in Ho Man Tin had made a false claim to a consumer. After investigation, it was revealed that the car company had supplied a second-hand vehicle bearing an odometer reading (travelling mileage) of 56,000 kilometres to a consumer. Subsequently, it was confirmed that at the material time the actual travelling mileage of the vehicle had exceeded 140,000km.

Customs reminded traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to purchase products from reputable shops.

Under the TDO, any person who supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business, or is in possession of any goods for sale with a false trade description, commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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