Dear Derbyshire 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

Access 2 Info (Corporate Resources), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Robson,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on the 12 September 2017.

We will be processing your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being 11 October 2017. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely,

Justin Hird
Legal Assistant
For John McElvaney
Director of Legal Services
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

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Dear Mr Robson

 

Thank you for your request dated 12 September 2017.

 

I can confirm that we hold the requested information.

 

Your enquiry was 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?

 

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 ývehicle 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 ýover the past five years and subsequently destroyed them?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr.M.Robson

 

The request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The response to your request is as follows:

 

 

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

 

 Cases
 Year investigated
2012 2
2013 5
2014 3
2015 4
2016 1
2017 4

 

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

 

One complaint received in 2012 was dealt with by prosecution.

 

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

 

The above prosecution was successful

 

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

 

One car was involved in the above prosecution

 

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 council does not have a specific policy relating to alerting public
and motor trade to vehicles the council has successfully proven have been
"clocked".  Advice relating to purchasing second hand vehicles that gives
guidance on the checks to do to identify issues with a vehicles history is
available from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service.  This organisation is
responsible for the provision of first tier civil advice to consumers. 

 

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 ývehicle details, alerting Auto Trader or other
specialist publications; registering data with HPI and other mileage data
services.

 

Our records show that the consumer has retained the car that was the
subject of investigation.   It is the responsibility of the owner to
accurately describe the car when it is subsequently sold.

 

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

 

No vehicles have been seized and destroyed over the last 5 years.

                     

I hope this now satisfies your request.

 

However should you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the
procedure as set out below:-

 

If you wish to challenge this decision further, please send your comments
to:

Stage 1

 

Access to Information Officer

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

01629 538373

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Stage 2

After completing the above procedure, if you wish to challenge the
decision further, then you have a right to contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office as follows:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113/Fax: 01625 524510

[2]www.ico.org.uk/complaints.aspx

 

Yours sincerely

Philip Andrew

Trading Standards Officer

Food Agriculture and Metrology Section

Trading Standards Division

Economy, Transport and Communities Department

Derbyshire County Council,

Chatsworth Hall

Chesterfield Road

Matlock

DE4 3FW

 

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