• File Number: 18-06-005
  • In the matter of Motor Dealer Act R.S.B.C. 1996 C.316
  • and Wholesaler Licensing Regulation, B.C. Reg. 203/2017
  • Complainant: Vehicle Sales Authority of BC
  • Motor Dealer/Salesperson:

    Bahman (“Bob”) Shokohi & Best Import Auto Ltd. (#30670)

  • Issues:

    Best Import Auto Ltd. (“Best Import”) applied to be licensed as a wholesaler. The Authority asserted that Best Import should be denied a wholesaler licence, due to the past conduct of Best Import and its owner and President Bahman (Bob) Shokohi, as found by the Registrar in Re: Best Import Auto Ltd. et al. (Hearing file 17-08-002, Registrar, November 28, 2017), varied by Best Import Auto Ltd. v Motor Dealer Council of British Columbia, 2018 BCSC 834 (BC Supreme Court). The Authority also requested a ban on Best Import and Bahman (Bob) Shokohi applying to be licensed or registered under the legislation in any capacity, for a period of time or indefinitely. On November 28, 2017, the Registrar imposed a 10-year ban on Best Import applying to be registered as a motor dealer, which was upheld by the B.C. Supreme Court.

    Neither Best Import nor Mr. Shokohi requested an oral hearing or provided a written response by the September 24th deadline or thereafter.

  • Outcome:

    Best Import’s application to be licensed as a wholesaler is denied.
    Best Import is banned from applying for registration or licensing under the MDA and its regulations in any capacity for a period of ten-years.
    Bob Shokohi is banned from applying for registration or licensing under the MDA and its regulations in any capacity for a period of ten-years.
    In calculating the ten-year bans, the time should be calculated as starting on November 28, 2017.

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