EcoWeek,  October 28, 2002


NEWS SUMMARY: Dealer fined for selling vehicle without pollution controls

BARRIE, ONT-A Barrie firm, 1146305 Ontario Inc, operating as JC Motors, along with company owner Mark Sternberg, were convicted and fined a total of $1,500 on four counts related to the selling of a motor vehicle without properly maintained pollution control equipment. The court was told that in June 2000, JC Motors and Sternberg sold a 1990 Dodge Ram to a customer. The purchase agreement clearly stated that "the vendor warrants that the pollution control equipment on the vehicle sold is intact and operative." Subsequent inspection of the vehicle confirmed that several components of the vehicle emission control system were missing or disconnected. In January 2002, the company and Sternberg were each charged under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act with selling the vehicle without operational pollution control equipment, contrary to Section 22(1), and with permitting the operation of the vehicle, contrary to Section 7(1). Under the EP Act, used vehicles offered for sale must have fully functioning air pollution control equipment. Upon conviction earlier this month, 1146305 Ontario Inc was fined $1,000 for the first count and received a suspended sentence on the second. Sternberg was fined $500 for violating Section 7(1) and received a suspended sentence for violating Section 22(1).

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