Used car dealers get another stay against Minister's decision

By Nikita Braxton

SENIOR counsel Russell Martineau has asked for time to speak
with Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications
Vasant Bharath before the court considers granting a stay of a decision to regulate the foreign-used car industry.

Appearing before Justice Frank Seepersad in the San Fernando High Court on Monday, Martineau said he needed to get instructions from his client to submit to the court.

He also told the judge that on April 7, Cabinet did not approve the draft 2013 to 2017 policy in relation to the regulation of the foreign-used car industry, and it was sent to the General Financial Committee.

The Trinidad and Tobago Automotive Dealers Association filed for judicial review of the decision to implement the new policy, which was due to come into force on April 15.

The Association has claimed that there was no consultation and the decision announced by Bharath last month and the Minister's decision was irrational, unreasonable and contrary to the principals of natural justice.

The Association is being represented by senior counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, who made arguments before the court Monday.
The Automotive Dealers Association was granted a stay two weeks ago, restraining the Minister from implementing the policy.
On Monday, Seepersad ordered a fresh notice that any decision into the policy be stayed until June 25.

During this time, attorneys for both sides are to file affidavits, wherever necessary.
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