Sale of unroadworthy van leads to over £4,000 in fines

This story was published 19 November 2021

Two men in the Harrogate district have today (November 19) pleaded guilty to supplying a van which was found to have potentially catastrophic faults to its brakes and structure.

A silver van

Our Trading Standards team began an investigation after receiving a complaint from a resident who had bought the van in October 2020 to use in a long distance house move, and an expert vehicle examiner deemed it to be unroadworthy.

Paul Beesley of Allotment Gardens, Harrogate and Andrew Birch of the Green, Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon pleaded guilty at York Magistrates’ Court to offences under the Road Traffic Act 198T8 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The pair admitted to supplying an unroadworthy Iveco Daily van, misdescribing it as “ready to work and runs perfect” in a Gumtree advert. In fact, its use on a road would have involved a danger of injury due to corrosion to structural components and excessive corrosion to the brake discs.

They were each ordered to pay a total of £2,006 in fines and costs at the rate of £200 per month.

County Councillor Derek Bastiman, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said: “The resident relied on the description of this van in the advert he saw, and thought that he had bought a vehicle that he could use safely on an international journey. The nature of the faults on the van could have led to a terrible outcome for him, other road users or pedestrians, and for that reason trading standards officers will always take action where there is evidence that an unsafe vehicle has been supplied in the county.”