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Ban for directors who put used car dealership into liquidation after getting fined

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Father and son directors of a used car dealership have been banned from running companies after they put Car Place Birmingham into liquidation without paying fines incurred in Trading Standards prosecutions.

Mohammed Tufail (59) and his son Mohammed Umair (27) have both signed seven-year disqualification undertakings with The Insolvency Service and from today, father and son are banned from directly or indirectly becoming involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company.

In 2017, two years after they began trading at Car Place Birmingham in Small Heath, Birmingham, the city’s trading standards officers seized six unroadworthy vehicles and launched a prosecution.

In March 2018 the company was fined £33,000, Tufail was fined £11,345 and Umair £8,726, and the six cars were destroyed.

Following the court proceedings, Car Place Birmingham entered into a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation in May 2018 which brought the second-hand car dealership to the attention of the Insolvency Service.

The Insolvency Service said that at liquidation the company still hadn’t paid the fine and, in the public interest, it elected to pursue directorship disqualifications against the two second-hand car salesmen.

Tony Quigley, head of Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council, said: “These individuals supplied unroadworthy and dangerous vehicles with complete disregard for the safety of their customers or other motorists.

“Both failed to take on their responsibilities and obligations as company directors, and now this ban has come into effect, they are unable to set up, manage or promote any business.”

Martin Gitner, deputy head of insolvent investigations for the Insolvency Service, said: “Both second-hand car dealers failed in their basic duty of care to their customers when they sold unroadworthy and potentially dangerous vehicles.

“These were serious offences and removing Mohammed Tufail and Mohammed Umair from the corporate arena will protect the public from further harm.”

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