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Revised motor vehicle policy to protect consumer - Hylton

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton says the revised Motor Vehicle Import Policy is critical to streamlining the industry while safeguarding the rights of the consumer.

"The policy now specifies that the authority for determining the age of the vehicle, based on the guidance of the Attorney General's Department, is the Trade Board, in collaboration with the Island Traffic Authority," he said.

Speaking at the Jamaica Used Car Dealers' Association's annual general meeting on March 18 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Hylton said the Government has taken on board concerns raised in the sector regarding the age of the vehicle at importation.

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"In the recent past, the issue of age discrepancy came up, where a consumer purchased a vehicle, and upon attempting to insure the vehicle, it was found to be older than that which was stated upon purchase," he noted.

Hylton indicated that the section of the

policy that deals with warranty is currently under review. "Let me categorically state that no policy is perfect, and a review is always needed to correct deficiencies," he added.

The revised Motor Vehicle Import Policy seeks to address the importation of motor vehicles within a regulatory framework.