HL Deb 09 December 1987 vol 491 cc299-300WA
Baroness Fisher of Rednal

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will consider redesigning vehicle registration documents to prevent dealers "clocking" cars.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Lord Brabazon of Tara)

"Clocking"—turning back mileometers for fraudulent purposes—is one of a number of problems affecting used cars which my honourable friends the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Corporate and Consumer Affairs will be discussing later this month with the Director General of Fair Trading. They will consider whether a central record of mileage readings would prevent "clocking". If such a system were introduced, we would consider appropriate changes to the vehicle registration document.