Japan’s transport ministry is holding hearings for Bigmotor ahead of implementing administrative penalties for 34 outlets of the Japanese used car dealer throughout the country over fraudulent auto insurance claims.
The hearings aim to listen to what those who are to be disciplined have to say. The ministry has already notified Bigmotor of the proposed administrative penalties, which include suspending the operations of auto repair plants, reported Jiji Press.
Eight regional transport bureaus across the country had planned to hold individual hearings for the Bigmotor outlets on 20 October. The Bigmotor side did not show up because it was not required to attend such hearings.
A Bigmotor official told Jiji Press that the company would accept the proposed punishments, and work to regain trust and implement measures to prevent misconduct from recurring.
In July, the ministry conducted unannounced on-site inspections at the 34 Bigmotor outlets in 24 prefectures. Practices violating the road trucking vehicle law, including overcharging inspection and maintenance fees, were confirmed at all plants attached to the outlets.
Based in New York, Stephen Freeman is a Senior Editor at Trending Insurance News. Previously he has worked for Forbes and The Huffington Post. Steven is a graduate of Risk Management at the University of New York.