Dear Lincolnshire County 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, Lincolnshire County Council

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Dear M.Robson

 

Freedom of Information Reference: 41554102FOI

 

Subject: Request for information regarding Illegal car clocking/ vehicle
mileage adjustment.

 

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Freedom of Information
Customer Service Centre
2^nd Floor

Thomas Parker House

13/14 Silver Street
Lincoln
LN2 1DY
Tel: 01522 782187
[2][email address]

[3]www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

 

 

5^th October 2017

 

Dear M. Robson

 

Freedom of Information Reference:  41554102FOI

 

Subject: Request for information.

 

Please find our response to your request below:

 

Request and Response:

 

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?

 

13

 

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

 

0

 

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

 

NA

 

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

 

NA

 

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"?

 

In the event of this we would publicise the fact following the successful
outcome of a prosecution.  We are currently undertaking a second-hand car
project which will proactively be checking for clocked cars.  We are as
part of this also doing some media work to raise awareness of the new
online MOT checker where consumers can check previous mileage of vehicles.

 

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.

 

As above

 

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

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

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Once again, thank you for your enquiry.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

James Taylor

 

Freedom of Information

On behalf of Lincolnshire County Council

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Dear FOI at Lincolnshire,

Thanks for your reply,

I would urge you to be very careful in how you advise the public to use the MOT data available from online MoT checkers.

My experience is that most vehicles are clocked in the first 3 years, so prior to a first MoT it is also very easy to manipulate mileage in between any subsequent MoT's

Yours sincerely,

Mr.M.Robson

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