Following a recall in the United States of Infantino SlingRider baby slings, and advice from Buckinghamshire trading standards, Infantino UK have issued the following statement:Infantino Commits to Work with Consumer Product Safety Commission in the US and Trading Standards in the UK on Ongoing Investigation of Sling-Style Baby Carriers‘At Infantino, our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products, and we highly value the trust that mothers and families place in the company’s products...
24 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 120KB). TSI calls for a very much shorter simpler document outlining the fundamental issues and signposting where more details are available would be more useful for SMEs and the regulators to whom they will be turning for advice.
23 Mar 2010
An investigation led by Sandwell Council trading standards officers has resulted in the successful prosecution of three eBay conmen, who defrauded buyers out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.Jason Messenger was jailed this week for 18 months after trading standards officers and police first raided his home in November 2007 and found thousands of pounds worth of fake Nike, Timberland, Adidas and Lacoste trainers, along with other counterfeit clothing, perfume, handbags and sunglasses.Messenger’s nephew Kevin Gibbons was also convicted of selling...
22 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 132KB). Local authority Trading Standards Officers currently enforce the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.
22 Mar 2010
Redbridge trading standards is leading the way in North East London in the fight against bogus caller crime.  Figures just released show that thanks to effective partnership working Redbridge has reduced this crime by 40 per cent between 2008 and 2009, a figure not matched in any other Borough North of the Thames.The Redbridge Bogus Caller Partnership was set up in 2007 in response to a higher than average number of elderly and vulnerable people being conned out of huge sums of...
19 Mar 2010
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