ENFORCEMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL REGULATIONS: Reportedly, local inspectors (Environmental Compliance Officers) have gone into dumpsters at auto service facilities to determine the occurrence of illegal waste disposal. They have cited heavy fines for violations when hazardous waste and universal waste are found in the dumpster. Alameda and Santa Clara counties sued an auto dealership chain and recently obtained a settlement of $3.38 million. See link.
Death of a Salesman – And Means to Avoid It, March 2016
Accident 1: On the afternoon of February 22, 2016, a test drive of a Corvette from a dealership in Ontario, CA became a tragedy. Reportedly, the driver was driving at 70 MPH before the crash took place, which resulted in the salesperson losing his life. LA Times reported that the customer was treated for injuries at a local hospital and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs.
Solution 1: While it may be difficult to recognize a customer being under the influence of drugs, salespersons should remain attentive to inebriated customers and decline any test drive in which drugs or alcohol may become a factor. Also, the dealership must constantly reiterate: “All test drives must be safe and within posted speed limits.”