High Peak car dealer fined for selling vehicle in unroadworthy condition

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A High Peak second-hand car dealer has been fined a total of £1,560 and ordered to pay £680 compensation after selling a vehicle in an unroadworthy condition.

Michael Allen, 59, of Marple Road, Charlesworth, admitted selling the Citroen Saxo in an unroadworthy condition on May 10, 2014.

Allen did not attend Tuesday’s hearing at High Peak Magistrates’ Court, but his solicitor entered a guilty plea on his behalf.

The prosecution, by Derbyshire County Council trading standards, found that, contrary to Section 75 (1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, corrosion around the chassis, rear seat belt mountings, sills and suspension mountings of the Saxo was so severe that using the car on the road ‘would involve a danger of injury to any person’.

Allen, trading as ‘Allmini’ in High Street West, Glossop, was fined £202 plus costs of £1,358, and ordered to pay £680 compensation to his customer, who travelled from Devon to purchase the car.