Payout for Consumer Council

THE Consumer Council is to receive $9,029 from two companies which managed a car park for damage caused to one of the council's cars.

The money was agreed in an out-of-court settlement.

The council's office, then located in China Hong Kong City in Tsim Sha Tsui, was originally claiming $9,529.70 from the companies, one of which was named as Million Success Limited, at the Small Claims Tribunal. The car park was in the same complex.

The defendants were also ordered by adjudicator Shum Chung-lau to pay $90 costs.

At issue was the council's station wagon which was parked on a monthly ticket.

The council contended that the car was parked in the car park on March 3, 1992, when an iron pipe fell on to the back of the car, smashing the rear windscreen.

Mr Shum said someone should be held responsible for the damage, even though the defendants said they were not to blame because the car was parked under the exemption clause of car park regulations.