02/18/2016 17:35 EST | Updated 02/18/2017 00:12 EST

B.C. tightens vehicle-sale regulations to protect buyers; amends Motor Dealer Act

VICTORIA — Public Safety Minister Mike Morris says the B.C. government is taking action to ensure consumers get what they pay for when they buy a vehicle.

Morris says amendments to the province's Motor Dealer Act ensure vehicle wholesalers, broker agents and broker-agent representatives are licensed and regulated.

He says there has been widespread concern among vehicle dealers that unlicensed groups aren't legally required to disclose a vehicle's history, including accident records.

Morris says this could mean consumers are buying damaged or dangerous vehicles.

He says the changes allow the provincial authority responsible for regulating licensed dealerships and salespeople to better police vehicle sales.

Morris says the amendments don't include people who sell their vehicles privately.

The Canadian Press