Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

TRADING STANDARDS FOI
Illegal car clocking/ vehicle mileage adjustment is in the news at the moment as such could you answer the following questions.

1) How many cases of car clocking has your council investigated in the last 5 years?

2) Of those cases, how many were dealt with by prosecuting the suspected offenders?

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

4) In total, how many vehicles were involved in the successfully prosecuted cases?

5) What is your council’s policy for alerting innocent members of the public and motor trade
to vehicles the council has successfully proven have been "clocked"?

6) Can you provide confirmation in respect of question 5 of the type of action you have taken to warn people about the vehicles you have discovered to have been clocked?
For example, publishing ‎vehicle details, alerting Auto Trader or other specialist publications; registering data with HPI and other mileage data services.

7) Has the council or trading standards department seized any "clocked" vehicles ‎over the past five years and subsequently destroyed them?

Yours faithfully,

Mr.M.Robson

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Robson,

Thank you for your request for information (FOI 44612) submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which has been given the above mentioned reference number. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your request.

Stockport Council will respond to your request within 20 working days from the date of receipt. If there will be a charge for disbursements e.g. photocopying in order to provide the information, we will inform you as soon as possible to see if you wish to proceed; however such charges are usually waived if they amount to less than £10.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Dilworth
CSS Officer
Information Governance, Stopford House (Lower Ground)
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE
0161 474 5147

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Robson,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI 44612).

 

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows.

                                  

 

TRADING STANDARDS FOI

Illegal car clocking/ vehicle mileage adjustment is in the news at the
moment as such could you answer the following questions.

 

1) How many cases of car clocking has your council investigated in the
last 5 years?

 

5

 

2) Of those cases, how many were dealt with by prosecuting the suspected
offenders?

 

5

 

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

 

5

 

4) In total, how many vehicles were involved in the successfully
prosecuted cases?

 

- The investigations covered the sales of well in excess of 200 vehicles.
For the purposes of the prosecutions "specimen" offences were identified
(i.e. offences representative of the whole), so the actual number of
vehicles cited in informations laid at Court was 50.

 

5) What is your council’s policy for alerting innocent members of the
public and motor trade to vehicles the council has successfully proven
have been "clocked"?

 

- The outcomes of successful prosecutions are publicised by way of Council
press releases and these also contain information and advice to members of
the public regarding purchasing used cars and how to report suspected
clocked cars. We have also encouraged car traders to report
non-compliance.

 

6) Can you provide confirmation in respect of question 5 of the type of
action you have taken to warn people about the vehicles you have
discovered to have been clocked?

 

- Trading Standards send a letter to consumers (i.e. previous owners of
the vehicle) when a vehicle has been confirmed as "clocked". We will take
statements as required and seek compensation on their behalf at Court when
appropriate.  We do not publish details of "clocked vehicles" or notify
any of the bodies listed in this question. As stated in 6 above, we do
include information in press releases to raise awareness of this issues
amongst car buyers.

 

7) Has the council or trading standards department seized any "clocked"
vehicles ýover the past five years and subsequently destroyed them?

 

No

 

 

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Information Commissioner’s Office

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Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

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01625 545 745

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Daniel Dilworth

CSS Officer

Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE

0161 474 5147

 

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