Driver unaware new car wasn’t registered

WHEN Wesley Louis Tapie Prater left John O'Brien Toyota with the Camry he had just purchased he was told by the salesman it came with six months' registration.

On September 14, just three months after purchasing the car, he was intercepted by police in Gatton after they detected his car was unregistered and therefore uninsured.

On Monday Prater pleaded guilty in Gatton Magistrates Court to one count of driving while unregistered and one count of driving uninsured.

The court heard that the car had been unregistered since June 10 this year and that Prater had been unaware he had been driving illegally.

Prater was not further punished by Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck who acknowledged that the salesman who sold Prater the Camry should have been a "little bit more conscientious".

Magistrate Schemioneck said the salesman acted "somewhat unprofessionally".

He said if it had not been for that Prater would have never had to appear before the court.

Topics:  gatton magistrates court

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