There is no evidence of a spike in the rate of clocking since the introduction of legislation which criminalised vehicle clocking earlier this year, according to Cartell.ie, the vehicle history specialists.
Cartell Director Jeff Aherne says: “We see no evidence of a spike in clocking since the introduction of the new legislation. Currently our own figures indicate that 10 per cent of all vehicles for sale in the market, and checked with Cartell.ie, flag mileage issues. This isn’t to diminish those numbers, which are still nearly double the comparable rate in the UK.”
Clocking of a vehicle is now a relatively easy thing to affect and it deceives the potential buyer into paying more for a vehicle than its true market value. It can also mean a purchased vehicle is prone to unanticipated mechanical problems, or even, in extreme cases, rendering the vehicle less roadworthy.
Clocking is now a criminal offence in the Republic of Ireland pursuant to section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 2014. Cartell has long campaigned for the introduction of such an offence. In 2010, Cartell presented to the Dáil draft legislation which sought to criminalise the practice. That legislation was initially rejected by the Government but a modified version of it was subsequently moved as a Private Members Bill by Anthony Lawlor TD (Fine Gael) in December 2012. The Government then decided to move on the issue.