Consumer Protection Bill 2007

Advertisements from traders of goods must state in a reasonably clear manner that the advertised goods are being supplied in the course of a trade, business or profession.

Section 55 subsection 1 (x) of this legislation states that:

“A trader shall not engage in any of the following commercial practices…. (x) making a representation or creating an impression that the trader (i) is not acting for purposes related to the trader’s trade, business of profession, when the trader is so acting, or (ii) is acting as a consumer, when the trader in not.”

The Office of the Director of Consumer Affairs and the newspaper media reached an agreement whereby the letter B (Business) appear in the car advertisements from car traders where it is not clearly indicated that the seller is acting in the course of a trade, business or profession.

The Consumer Protection Act 2007 gives the National Consumer Agency wide-ranging powers to ensure that traders comply with the requirements of the Act.  The Consumer Protection act can be accessed at www.oireachtas.ie

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SELLING THEIR OWN CAR PRIVATELY.