Prices of discounted goods are often deceitful

(Partial report of the first quarter of 2013)(Prague, May 23, 2013) Numerous discount actions of both goods and services held throughout the year and also consumers’ complaints have been the reason for the permanent monitoring and subsequent checking of discounts by the CTIA officers. The checks are carried out especially after the bill of the control purchase is issued and in case of suspicions that the price reduction was only fictitious or that the discounted price was billed incorrectly. “In the first quarter of 2013, controls were carried ...

CTIA found poor quality petrol, diesel and blends

(Interim report on control of fuel quality in April 2013) (Prague, May 21, 2013) In April, the CTIA officers took totally 167 fuel samples at filling stations in order to check the quality fuels sold on the territory of the Czech Republic. Eight samples failed the examinations. “The quality of individual fuel types fluctuates. In April the rate of findings has been the highest so far this year,” the Director General of the CTIA Vladimír Velčovský said. “While in March the average had been worse in diesel and better in petrol, it was the opposit...

CTIA: Safety of children playgrounds

(Final report of 2012)(Prague, May 16, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority supervises the safety of play elements and landing surfaces, especially those that were newly put into operation. “The major goal of the surveillance is to minimize the hazard of accidents that could lead to injuries of the smallest users or even fatal consequences,” the Director General of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority Vladimír Velčovský explained. “Last year, totally 424 play elements at 105 operators, 12 manufacturers and 1 importer of children playgroun...

CTIA has a new spokesperson

(Prague, May 16, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority has had a new spokesperson since May 16, 2013. The longstanding face of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority Miloslava Fléglová who still remains a member of the Department of Communication and Public Relations of the CTIA was replaced by Denis Gaidoš (born in 1979), who had previously been the program director and news editor in chief in TV Metropol and had worked for Czech Television as a moderator of the morning show Dobré ráno s ČT as well as for TV Barrandov as a news reporter for...

Winter tourist season: CTIA

Report on the results of the control action (Prague, May 14, 2013) The Czech trade Inspection Authority publishes the results of the control action aimed at offering and selling of goods and provision of services in locations connected with winter sport activities, especially winter ski resorts. The action was held from January 7 to March 31, 2013, and involved all the inspectorates. Breaches of the provisions of the Act on Consumer Protection were detected in 135 of 469 controls (i.e. 29%) and 95 fines totally amounting to 120,600 CZK were im...

Travel agencies not always honest

(Partial report of the first quarter of 2013)(Prague, May 7, 2013) The main tourist season has not even started and the Czech Trade Inspection Authority accepts more and more submissions related to tour operators or travel agencies. In the first quarter of 2013, the officers carried out 112 controls and found breaches of obligations in almost 30% of them. “As well as in the last year, the controls carried out in the respective period have shown that tourism services providers breach the information obligations relating to consumers rights, use ...

Children may inhale small flute parts

(Prague, May 30, 2013) Toys belong among the products that are monitored by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority during the whole year. The officers especially focus on seeking risky toys that could damage the health of the users, i.e. children, due to their characteristics or in the consequence of insufficient seller’s information. A plastic flute originating in China is one of the risky products detected in the Czech market. “Selling of this product was banned because both the inner and the outer part of the removable mouth-piece came loose d...

Procurement of secondary raw materials – unfair and with uncertified scales

(Partial report of the first quarter 2013)(Prague, May 2, 2013) The results of the inspections of secondary raw materials procurement showed defects in one third of the checked workplaces during the past two years. Therefore this control action has been included among the annual actions of the CTIA. During the first quarter of 2013, the inspectors checked totally 79 workplaces and detected breaches of the obligations as provided by the appropriate legal regulations in almost 30% of cases. “The most frequent breaches related to the fairness of s...
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