Mon 08-01-2018 16:40 PM
AL AIN, 8th January, 2018 (WAM) — The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, ADDED, has confiscated over 10,500 counterfeit car spare parts in a residential area in Al Ain as part of its efforts and cooperation with Al Ain Municipality to combat commercial fraud and in response to the many complaints received from consumers.
Ahmed Tarish Al Qubaisi, Acting Director of the Commercial Protection Department at ADDED, said that the campaign was launched after many complaints were received from consumers who live in the area. The seised goods were confiscated, and a ticket was issued against the individuals who illegally traded such materials.
Al Qubaisi explained that the latest seizure comes as part of a number of inspection campaigns that are implemented by the DED as part of its annual plan that aims to combat commercial fraud in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He also emphasised that the DED’s keenness in this context to maintain the commercial activity in the retail sector which is considered one of the most significant industries in the country that is currently experiencing increased activity.
He noted that the DED aims – by implementing this campaign with its strategic partners in a number of areas across the emirate – to send a clear message to the owners of automotive spare parts shops and individuals as well, regarding the importance of adhering to the conditions and requirements of commercial activity practice by maintaining trademarks rights, protecting intellectual property, ensuring free competition among all, and protecting the consumer against commercial fraud.
Al Qubaisi stressed that the ADDED will carry out many measures and penalties as per Law No. 02 of 2009 regarding the establishment of the ADDED and Decision No. 25 regarding the organisation of economic activities, in addition to the issue of commercial licenses which allows the department to issue penalties against any body or individual that carry out commercial fraud. Such sanctions may include closing the facility down and imprisonment with a fine.
He called on consumers to contact the department via the government contact centre number to immediately inform about any commercial fraud is practised, especially the selling of car spare parts which in turn may pose a serious threat to public health and the integrity of individual’s vehicles.
WAM/MOHD AAMIR/Nour Salman