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Avi Hirchson vs. Ministry of Transportation

The application was filed on behalf of car dealers who purchased vehicles for commercial purposes, deposited their license with the Licensing Office for a period exceeding one month, but did not receive a pro rata refund of the annual licensing fee for the exempt period, as set forth in the Traffic Regulations.

On July 8, 2012, the Ministry of Transportation submitted a “discontinuation notice” in which it admitted that: “Indeed, considerable sums that are due to be repaid for the deposit period are not actually refunded.”

At the same time, the Ministry of Transportation claimed that according to the language of the regulation, the entity that actually paid the fee to the licensing offices, that is, the person who sold the vehicle to the dealer, should be credited.

In practice, following the filing of the application, the Ministry of Transportation undertook to conduct an inspection and return to anyone who deposited his vehicle license with the Ministry of Transportation – during the 24 months preceding the filing of the claim – for a period exceeding one month.
At the end of the day, it was a return of millions of shekels to the group members.

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