Car dealer disqualified

MICHAEL Saba, a shareholder of A1 Auto Trader Pty Ltd, has been disqualified from being involved in the business of a motor dealer for five years.

The Minchinbury dealership and its director have also been reprimanded by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal after action taken by NSW Fair Trading.

Strict conditions have been imposed on Mr Saba to resign as shareholder and have no involvement with the dealership for five years.

Mr Saba was previously disqualified from being involved for 12 months.

A1 Auto Trader Pty Ltd was prosecuted in September for operating a motor dealership at a unlicensed premises.

The business was trading from Lot 20, 591 Carlisle Avenue, Minchinbury, but was licensed to trade only from Lot 21, 591 Carlisle Avenue, Minchinbury.

A1 Auto Trader was convicted of unlicensed dealing and ordered to pay $1335 fines and costs.

Subsequent inspections of the trader by NSW Fair Trading uncovered breaches of the Motor Dealers Act and Regulation.

This resulted in disciplinary action against Mr Saba, A1 Auto Trader Pty Ltd and director Souhad Sukkar.

Fines were issued to the dealership and Mr Saba personally to the value of $11,000.

Mr Saba, the business and Ms Sukkar appealed to the tribunal, where their case was dismissed.

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