Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Councils Call for Ban on Vehicle-Clocking Devices

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Councils Call for Ban on Vehicle-Clocking Devices

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VEHICLE-clocking devices should be banned after a surge in incidents that are putting motorists at risk of buying dangerous used cars with false mileage, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Latest industry figures from data company HPI suggest clocking - where the mileage is reduced to increase a vehicle's resale value - increased by 25 per cent between 2014 and 2016, and costs motorists an estimated £800 million per year in the UK.

One in 16 vehicles being checked has a mileage discrepancy, which means there could be 2.3 million clocked and potentially dangerous cars on UK roads, the LGA said.

A proposed EU ban on companies providing mileage correction services was supposed to be in place by May this year, and the LGA is calling for the legislation to be implemented as soon as possible and retained under UK laws after Brexit. …

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