“It is extremely positive to hear that Mike Penning, Minister of Transport, has made it clear that he wants to consider the problem of mileage clocking as part of the forthcoming MOT review” according to the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), representing new and used vehicle dealers, and service and repair garages.

Sue Robinson, RMI Director commented “The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in last year’s Used Car Report identified that clocking is a major issue costing consumers around £600million per year. Clocking not only affects consumers but also reputable car dealers. As the situation has not improved since the report was published, there is a real need to tackle the problem.

“Clocking is not easy to stamp out but action can be taken to reduce it significantly. As well as making more use of the VOSA MoT system by collecting mileages and logging them on the MoT certificate, the implementation of stronger controls on mileage adjustment companies, who use equipment to alter car odometer, should also be considered.

“The RMI is fully supportive of any initiative to control clocking that the Government may introduce.”