The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of an auto workshop in Al-Khobar, Eastern Region, after a court ruling, condemning him of possessing and offering expired and used tires. This is a kind of deception and misleading towards the consumers, since such tires pose a risk on the safety of users.
The judgment issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam included a fine, closure of the offending workshop, confiscation and destruction of the fake tires, besides defamation by publishing the sentence in a local newspaper at the expense of the violator.
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment confirms the continuation of addressing those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties against them, in view of the fraud and deception towards the consumers. The Rules & Regulations related to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law stipulates penalties that may reach to three-year imprisonment, fines up to one million riyals or both , Defamation in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator, deportation of the illegal labors from the Kingdom, besides the suspension and prevention of practicing the same commercial activity.
MCI calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.