New rogue trader crackdown

Crime story
Crime story

ONE car was seized and 15 motorists hit with on-the-spot fines during a crackdown on Wigan’s rogue traders.

Wigan Council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Section, joined up with Greater Manchester Police, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to disrupt the activities of any cold-calling con artists attempting to fleece the borough’s vulnerable residents by charging excessive fees for work that is either shoddy or not even carried out after payment.

The latest operation saw a number of vehicles stopped to make sure that the traders were complying with consumer protection laws. They were also stopped to check for illegal fuel and motoring offences.

A total of 15 fixed penalty notices were issued and one vehicle was seized because the driver was not insured. Four vehicles were also found to be unroadworthy.

Trading standards boss Julie Middlehurst said: “The operation we carried out with several organisations went very well and we plan to arrange similar operations in future. We work extremely to make sure our residents do not suffer at the hands of rogue traders.”