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TSI has been working with the Office of Fair Trading in its efforts to ensure car dealers are aware of the law by producing guidance for second-hand car dealers on compliance with Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended). It is important research into the second-hand car market that the OFT has carried out and we support the production of guidance for dealers and consumers so that a better understanding of...
19 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 219KB). A detailed response including an analysis of consumer complaints concerning air travel. TSI is disappointed that this consultation was not widened to ensure that the provision of financial protection was extended to those consumers who buy flight tickets only.
18 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 104KB). TSI estimates that the administrative costs to local authorities in England, Wales, and Scotland of implementing European Animal Health and Welfare legislation is approximately £20 million. TSI also states that it believes that local authority Trading Standards Officers are best placed to deliver compliance as they are based within communities and have a knowledge and understanding of livestock keepers in their areas.
15 Mar 2010
Birmingham City Council Trading Standards have in conjunction with the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) undertaken a comprehensive estate agent and Home Information Pack (HIP) enforcement exercise.The survey results provide a revealing insight into the estate agency, HIP and personal search markets. Results revealed that 70% (26 HIPs in total) were rated satisfactory or reasonably satisfactory with 30% (11 HIPs in total) rated unsatisfactory when measured against the HIP regulations, often leaving buyers with no idea who to contact if...
11 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 192KB). TSI calls for a suite of measures: (1) repeal of the Bills of Sale Acts, (2) repeal of the Hire Purchase Act 1964, and (3) recording of car finance agreements as a 'licence condition' under the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The response includes an extended introduction tracing the history behind the current use of Bills of Sale for consumer lending.
11 Mar 2010
A new BBC1 series Fake Britain featuring the invaluable work done by trading standards was aired every day last week. The five part series focuses on scams, frauds and counterfeiting, and the proactive work that is being done to fight and prevent these.TSI press office was first contacted in May 2009 by the production company commissioned to make the series and since then many trading standards services stepped forward to help with the programmes.  Producer Mark Jordan sent TSI press office a message of thanks to...
10 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 138KB). TSI has been working with the OFT on this draft guidance on compliance with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regs 2008 and the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended) and the OFT hosted a meeting to take the views of Trading Standards Officers. TSI now responds to the draft guidance line-by-line.
10 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 114KB). TSI supports Defra's preferred option to split the diseases into two groups and introduce a separate Statutory Instrument (SI) for each. TSI notes that the SIs will add to the mountain of Animal Health legislation already in force, much of which could be consolidated.
10 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 123 KB). TSI welcomes this review, citing some imbalances that would be addressed by a revision in fees.
9 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 111KB). TSI shares Defra's concern regarding the possible serious implications should an outbreak of African Horse Sickness occur in the UK. It notes that enforcement will be by local authorities (LAs) and calls upon Defra to provide full practical and financial support to ensure that LAs are equipped to deal with an outbreak.
9 Mar 2010