Car boot code

PUBLISHED: 13:51 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

CURBING sales of counterfeit goods, weapons and unsafe electrical items at car boot sales is the aim of a new initiative by Devon County Council. Its trading standards department is launching the Devon Car Boot Sale Code of Practice to support sale organi

CURBING sales of counterfeit goods, weapons and unsafe electrical items at car boot sales is the aim of a new initiative by Devon County Council.Its trading standards department is launching the Devon Car Boot Sale Code of Practice to support sale organisers.Those signing up to the code are pledging to improve the standard of trading at their car boot sales.The scheme is supported and sponsored by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). Crimestoppers has also shown support.First in Devon to operate under the scheme is Exeter City Council's Matford Car Boot Sale at the Livestock Centre, which is held every Sunday.Most car boot sellers operate within the law, but sales are sometimes used by unscrupulous traders selling illegal goods. Examples include counterfeit clothing, DVDs, CDs, stolen goods, weapons (such as replica guns), and unsafe electrical items. Other items which cannot be legally sold at car boot sales such as fireworks and alcohol could also be dangerous."A pound in the pocket of a seller of illegal goods is a pound less for reputable local businesses. Illegal goods may be of inferior quality, or even harmful," said Councillor Brian Berman.

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