A surprise inspection campaign carried out by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) targeting tyre repair and sale shops on Salwa Road resulted in the imposition of fines for three violations, it was announced on Monday.
The violations included the display and sale of expired tyres in violation of Article 6 of Law No 8 of 2008 on consumer protection and anti-commercial fraud, the MEC said in a press statement.
Article 6 prohibits the sale, display and promotion of counterfeit and spoiled products. A product is considered counterfeit or spoiled if it fails to meet the standards, or has expired, the statement explains.
The ministry said it conducted the surprise inspection campaign, targeting a number of outlets on Salwa Road specialising in the display, sale and repair of car tyres, in order to monitor the compliance of suppliers with Law No 8 of 2008 on consumer protection.
The intensive and regular inspection campaigns come within the framework of the MEC’s efforts to regulate markets and commercial activities across Qatar and uncover and crack down on violations, counterfeit goods and substandard products.
Violations of Law No 8 of 2008 on consumer protection can result in administrative closure and financial penalties ranging from QR3,000 to QR1mn, the statement adds.
The ministry has stressed that it will not tolerate any violations of Consumer Protection Law and its regulations, and will refer those who violate laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will, in turn, take appropriate action against the perpetrators in order to protect consumer rights.
The MEC has urged all consumers to report violations or submit complaints and suggestions through the call centre: 16001, email: [email protected], Twitter: MEC_QATAR, Instagram: MEC_QATAR and the ministry’s applications on smartphones available on iPhone and Android devices: MEC_QATAR
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