Car Clocking

Mr.M.Robson made this Freedom of Information request to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

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,


InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear InformationRights,
You clearly are talking nonsense.

No one has ever come up with that excuse before.

My name is Mark Robson, does that help?

Yours sincerely,


InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Robson,



Thank you for your request for information about Car Clocking, which was
received on 16 September 2017.


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Mark Halliwell, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Robson,

Please find below response to your FOI Request Ref: RFI1115/17:

- Walsall Trading Standards have investigated 2 historic car clocking complaints over the past 5 years. One was as the result of a transposition of numbers and no further action was taken. The second investigation was closed when we could not obtain sufficient information from the DVLA and the complainant moved abroad.

- We have one current investigation which at present is unproven.

- All other questions are not applicable as we have not had cause to prosecute, publicise or seize vehicles.

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