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Three tyre shops in the dock for violating Oman's Public Authority for Consumer Protection regulation


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Muscat: Three tyre shops were found by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) selling used products and they now face prosecution.

Legal action has been initiated against these shops and their cases have been forwarded to the Public Prosecution for further investigation and trial.

Extensive inspection visits on a daily basis to many tyre shops are being carried out by the PACP to ensure that they abide by the rules.

A senior official at the PACP said that one of these tyre shops sold used tyres to a consumer who then complained to the PACP, while the other two were caught red handed by an inspection team when they were trying to sell illegal tyres to customers.

The official added that the PACP will not be lenient and will intensify its inspection visits.

The official said many tyre shops are abiding by the new decision but inspection campaigns will not stop. A ban on sale, marketing, display and distribution of used tyres of all sizes, imposed by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP), came into effect on June 21, 2014, according to a circular issued by the PACP.

The circular, citing seven Articles, was sent on May 12, 2014 to the shops engaged in sale and repair of old tyres.

The PACP circular states that the sale, marketing, display and distribution of used tyres of all sizes and tyres of light vehicles as well as buses and light trucks manufactured 24 months ago but not used, is banned. In case of heavy trucks, the ban would be effective after 30 months from their date of production.

Warranty document
The third article of the circular states that it is mandatory for tyre suppliers to provide the consumers with a warranty document for the tyre that should cover a period of not less than one year.

The bill for tyres should also have information about the country of manufacture, date of manufacture, type of the tyre, weight, heat endurance degree and the appropriate speed for the tyre.

The supplier should also ensure that used and expired tyres are disposed of at allocated dumping locations designated by the competent authorities of the Sultanate of Oman.

The sixth article explained that in case of violation, the supplier will be slapped with a fine according to Article 21 of the Consumer Protection Law which is not less than OMR5,000 and the shop would be ordered to shut down and all its commodities will be confiscated.

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