March 14, 2005

Auto dealer convicted of selling vehicle without pollution controls

SCARBOROUGH, ONT-1104983 Ontario Inc, operating as Wali's Auto Service, and company officer Dawad Wali were convicted of two charges relating to the sale and operation of a vehicle without pollution controls. In November 2002 the Ministry of Environment (MOE) received a complaint alleging that Wali's Auto Service, a garage and used car dealership in Toronto, sold a vehicle without a catalytic converter. An investigation confirmed that the vehicle in question did not have a catalytic converter at the time of sale. Dawad Wali and Wali's Auto Service were charged and subsequently convicted of selling a motor vehicle without a catalytic converter, contrary to section 22(2) of the Environmental Protection Act, and permitting the operation of a motor vehicle with the catalytic converter removed, contrary to Section 5(4) (b) under the act. Fines of $3,000 and $2,000 were levied, respectively, and Wali's Auto Service was ordered to pay the vehicle purchaser restitution equal to the cost of installing a catalytic converter.

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