Senate passes bill on consumer protection in motor-vehicle sales

Hoping to see the Lemon Law in our lifetime
Jun 10, 2014 Philippine Car News - Senate finally okays Lemon Law

On Monday, the Philippine Senate approved six measures, including Senate Bill 2211, or the "Act Strengthening Consumer Protection in the Purchase of Brand-New Vehicles," otherwise known as the Lemon Law. The act "seeks to protect consumers in the sale of motor vehicles against sales and trade practices that are deceptive, unfair or otherwise inimical to the consumers and the public interest."

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The bill is reportedly a consolidation of several proposed bills filed by Senators Cynthia Villar and Jinggoy Estrada, with Senator Koko Pimentel IV co-authoring the bill and Senator Bam Aquino sponsoring it.

Under the bill, vehicles will have a warranty of "12 months from the date of the original delivery to the consumer or up to 20,000km of operation after delivery, whichever comes first."

In addition, a manufacturer, distributor or dealer who violates the prohibition on resale disclosure "shall be liable to pay a minimum amount of P100,000 as damages to the aggrieved party without prejudice to any civil or criminal liability they and/or the responsible officer may incur under existing laws."

Now, Congress only needs to pass a similar measure, which both Upper and Lower Houses must then consolidate and submit to President Benigno Aquino III so he can sign it into law.

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