Action day targeting rogue traders hailed a success

The Trading Standards team of the City of Edinburgh Council recently joined forces with Police Scotland, VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and the HMRC for a day of action against bogus workmen and rogue traders.

A series of vehicle spot checks and mobile patrols took place targeting known and suspected rogue traders throughout the city as part of Operation Aristotle. Business paperwork, the use of accreditation logos and any outstanding warrants were checked as part of the operation.

The activities were highly successful, resulting in:

  • Intervention by the Trading Standards team to save one resident £4000 after receiving a suspicious home maintenance contract
  • The confiscation of a trader’s paperwork after it was found to be misleading
  • The seizure of two uninsured vehicles
  • The issue of several prohibition notices for vehicles not found to be roadworthy

Councillor Cammy Day, Community Safety Leader, said: “Operation Aristotle continues to disrupt, deter and apprehend rogue traders who operate in Edinburgh and I would like to thank all of our partner organisations for their efforts in tackling this very serious problem.

“Action days such as this, send a clear message that illegal activities will not be tolerated and help to protect residents from the misery that these individuals can cause.”

Similar events will take place in the coming months as part of Operation Aristotle’s clamp down on bogus workmen, cold callers and rogue traders.

This entry was posted by Media Team on 08/05/2013

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