Companies that offer ‘mileage correction’ services should be banned, according to the Local Government Association, after new figures have revealed that as many as one in 20 cars could be clocked.
This would mean that there are 1.7 million cars on UK roads with incorrect mileage.
Not only does this put motorists at risk by disguising the need for any major mileage-related repairs, it also means drivers are being defrauded and paying over the odds for higher mileage cars without knowing.
The association is calling for a proposed EU ban – which would take effect from May 2018 – on companies providing ‘mileage correction’ services to be implemented under UK law sooner, and for mileage correction devices to also be made illegal.?
These calls were made after it emerged that clocking had increased by 10 per cent between March and October last year.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, chairman of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, commented: "With up to 1.7 million clocked and potentially dangerous vehicles on UK roads, anyone buying a second-hand car should make as many checks as they can to ensure that the vehicle is showing its true mileage.
“Clocking is harming both reputable used car dealers and consumers, and unless the proposed EU ban on mileage correction services is brought forward and made part of UK law, thousands more cars will continue to be clocked over the next two years, jeopardising the safety of cars on UK roads.”
He added: “The Government needs to address this and introduce legislation to ban the sale of mileage correction devices, which can only be fuelling the big rise in clocking.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.