Action over roadside car sales in Cumbria

Trading standards officials in Cumbria have promised action against secondhand car dealers who are selling cars from roadside verges.

Many of the dealers are posing as private sellers, according to Cumbria County Council.

Those responsible have been warned they are breaking environmental laws and trading standards regulations.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Trading Standards warned offending vehicles could be removed from verges.

Gary Strong, cabinet member for trading standards at Cumbria County Council, said: "Traders selling cars on the road cause a nuisance to residents and visitors by taking up valuable car parking spaces.

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"They also take away sales from reputable motor traders. But with enforcement teams working together we can tackle this issue."

Angela Jones, Cumbria Trading Standards manager added: "We're giving the traders an opportunity to remove the vehicles and stop trading in this way.

"If they continue to display cars for sale on public roads in Cumbria we will take action.

"Consumers need to be wary of buying cars from the roadside as they are frequently only given a mobile number which cannot be traced back to an address if things go wrong.

"Some of these roadside traders masquerade as a private seller in an attempt to restrict the rights of the buyers and avoid liability."

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