Dear West Berkshire 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, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2017/949

 

Dear Mr Robson

 

Request for information: Car Clocking

 

Thank you for your request received on the 13^th September 2017; we will
seek to respond within twenty working days.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jessica Bailiss

Policy Officer

Strategic Support  West Berkshire Council  Market Street  Newbury  RG14
5LD

(01635) 503124 | Ext 3124 | [1][email address]

[2]www.westberks.gov.uk

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foi, West Berkshire Council

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FoI/2017/949

 

Dear Mr Robson

 

Request for information: Car Clocking

 

Please see below the Council’s response to your request for information.

 

You have asked;

 

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

 

It isn’t possible to supply the information you requested for the past 5
years.

 

This is because, whilst it is possible to search for the number of
complaints relating to second hand cars, it is not possible to easily
determine whether the complaint regarded ‘car clocking’ or other aspects
of car complaints. In order to confirm this we would need to examine all
of the 3072 second hand car complaints we have received over that period.
This would greatly exceed the appropriate limit of staff time allowed for
under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is therefore,
exempt. A copy of the exemption annex is attached for your information.

 

Therefore, we are only able to provide this information for the last
financial year. In the last financial year there were 15 complaints that
relate, at least partially, to car clocking.

 

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

None of the complaints led to a prosecution

 

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

N/A

 

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

N/A

 

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"?

There is no policy

 

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.

N/A

 

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

No

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may ask
for an internal review. You should contact The FoI Reviewing Officer,
Strategic Support, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD, email
FoI[1]@westberks.gov.uk  if you wish to request a review. If you are not
content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Suzi Kenchington 

Information Access Compliance Officer

Strategic Support,

West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD

email:  [2][email address]

' 01635 519860 (external)      '  2860 (internal)      

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