Milton Keynes firm guilty of unfair trading

The MK Citizen has reported that a local business was fined for misuse of the Gas Safe Register and Trustatrader logos. The father and son behind the Andrew & Cody Stevens business, trading as Master Plumbing Contractors Ltd, pleaded guilty in Milton Keynes Magistrate Court to offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The company fraudulently used both the Gas Safe and Trustatrader logos on its website and vehicle, which was deemed false and misleading. Use of these logos was seen as misleading the public into believing the firm was Gas Safe registered and members of Trustatrader. Although the company had once been members of Trustatrader, the membership had lapsed.

Trustatrader and Gas Safe Register had previously demanded that these logos be removed from the firm’s public face, but the firm persisted in using them. Attempts by Trading Standards to remove these logos were also unavailing.

According to the MK Citizen, Cody Stevens was fined a total of £1400 for the offences, ordered to pay costs of £700 and a victim surcharge of £90. Andrew Stevens was fined a total of £800, costs of £300 and a £40 victim surcharge. The company, Master Plumbing Contractors Ltd, was fined a total of £800, costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £40.

Sue Crawley, MKC Trading Standards Manager, comments: “It is important that members of the public can feel safe when engaging with tradesmen in Milton Keynes, that they are what they say they are. The consequences of employing someone who is not Gas Safe registered could be catastrophic. We take matters like this very seriously. Traders that infringe the law can expect further action taken against them, which can result in a prosecution as in this case.”

 

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