Released on June 25, 2019
The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) is warning consumers about Rodney J. Evason of Saskatoon, who was charged with 22 counts for various offences relating to allegations that he was operating as a vehicle dealer without a licence contrary to The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act.
Last year, the FCAA received information that Evason may have been operating as a “curber” and engaging in unlicensed motor vehicle sales activity, also known as “curbing” or “curbsiding.” A curber is someone who carries on the business of selling motor vehicles without a licence. Curbers often pose as private sellers on online platforms, making their illegal activities difficult to detect and regulate, which tends to undermine the motor vehicle regulatory framework.
On at least two separate occasions, the Consumer Protection Division of the FCAA demanded that Evason cease and desist any unlicensed sales activities. Based on evidence gathered by FCAA investigators both before and after the cease and desist demands were given, the above noted charges were laid.
The allegations against Evason are being actively prosecuted and have not yet been proven in court. On June 14, 2019, a warrant was issued for Evason’s arrest. If anyone has any information regarding Evason's whereabouts, please contact the Saskatoon City Police.
The purpose of the motor vehicle regulatory framework is to provide protection to consumers through proper oversight and regulation of the industry. Licensed vehicle dealers are required to provide, amongst other things, criminal record checks and financial security. In addition, licenced vehicle dealers must provide the vehicle’s history to consumers and are subject to contract requirements, inspections, examinations and various other regulatory requirements to help ensure that consumers are protected.
The public should be aware that carrying on the business of a motor vehicle dealer is a designated business activity under the Act and therefore requires a licence. Failure to obtain a licence while carrying on business as a motor vehicle dealer is an illegal activity that can be prosecuted.
Consumers can learn more about the vehicle dealer regulations online at https://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/regulated-businesses-persons/businesses/vehicle-dealers.
For more information about curbing visit https://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/consumers-of-goods-and-services/purchasing-and-repairing-a-vehicle/curbers.
For more information, contact:
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority