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I’ve been sold and unroadworthy car

What is an unroadworthy car?

If a vehicle is not satisfactory in any of the following areas it may be unroadworthy:

  • steering and steering gear
  • brakes and braking systems
  • tyres
  • exhaust systems
  • seatbelts and seatbelt anchorages
  • general condition (corrosion, suspension etc.)

The actual offence of supplying an unroadworthy vehicle is under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA), which is only enforced by Police Scotland and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in Scotland.

Trading Standards have powers under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) when goods are supplied where it would be illegal to do so, but there needs to be proof that the actual sale / supply would have been illegal – and that means RTA offences.

THE PRIMARY OFFENCE IS A POLICE MATTER AND SHOULD BE REPORTED TO POLICE SCOTLAND BY CALLING 101.

Last updated: 04 November 2019

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