Good news for immigrants:
Coming soon: senior citizens, immigrants and people with disabilities will be able to cancel transactions carried out by peddling and remote sales within 4 months - instead of within 14 days as established under the current law.
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MK Itzik Shmueli’s bill passed unanimously on its first reading in the Knesset, and was now returned to the Economics Committee in preparation for final legislation.
The bill, signed by 72 MKs from all Knesset factions, extends in law the right to void a transaction from 14 days of the date of the transaction to 4 months for consumers who are elderly, immigrants or with disabilities.
The bill, an amendment to the Consumer Protection Law, was not born out of thin air. It is the result of numerous complaints made to consumer organizations and the media against different companies who found that vulnerable consumers are easy prey for controversial transactions. Complaints had accumulated against commercial companies that offered consumers "as a gift" various items such as tablets or cellphone related accessories (headphones, old appliances, etc.) for which it turned out that the customers had been charged hundreds to thousands of shekels.
"We have to tell it as it is," said MK Shmueli. "Some of these companies adopted loathsome methods and viewed the elderly as easy prey and a potential easy and quick source to make money after misleading them. The time has come to increase their consumer protection. This is an important step in the fight against these companies that broke a new record of exploitation and crossed the line between marketing and fraud. I thank the Fair Trade Authority for its assistance in formulating a proposal and the Chairman of the Economics Committee, MK Eitan Cabel, who promoted the legislation in the Committee. I congratulate the government on its concrete and resolute approach.