By Francesca Astorri
Consumer Protection Department says 17 outlets affected in crackdown
The Consumer Protection Department (CPD) decided to take legal action against 17 outlets in the Industrial area of Doha after CPD inspectors found them selling expired tyres, daily The Peninsula reported.
The law in Qatar imposes a 24 months validity from the day of manufacturing for tyres of cars, buses, vans and pick up, and 30 months for tyres of trucks and heavy vehicles.
According to the Qatari law, suppliers found violating the consumer protection law may face imprisonment for up to two years and/or a fine that can be doubled if the supplier repeats the crime in five years. Fines for violations can reach up to QR1m.
Consumers’ complaints have been increasing over the last few years in Qatar. In 2009 only 800 complaints were filed to the CPD during the entire year, with an average of around 66 complaints per month, against the 350 complaints filed only in the month of January 2013.
These tires should be recycled.