The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission has charged a total of 24 traders so far this year for breaching provisions of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010.
CEO Joel Abraham says 21 traders are from the Central Division, 2 are from the Western Division while 1 is from the Northern Division.
He says the 24 traders charged were found to be engaging in Unconscionable Conduct, Accepting Payment and Failing to Supply as Ordered, Deceptive Conduct, False and Misleading
Representation, Failing to Display Prices on Price‑Controlled and Non‑Price Controlled Goods, Overcharging, Failing to Keep Proper Records and Failing to Furnish Information.
Abraham says the Commission has on numerous occasions warned traders against engaging in unethical practices, however, it continues to note a handful of unscrupulous traders in the Fijian
market who try and take advantage of vulnerable Fijians.
He says they will not condone negligent behaviour from traders.
Abraham says traders argue that they were not aware of the provisions of the Act, however, this is not a reasonable excuse.
The CEO says negligence of the law is not a defence and strict enforcement should act as a deterrent for those thinking of acting outside the Act.
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission is reminding traders and service providers to be fair in their dealings at all times.
Abraham says also encourages people to report any unfair trade practices to the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.