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TSI calls for car clocking to be made illegal

OdometreThe Trading Standards Institute says it is time to stamp out car clocking as Trading Standards busts a prolific van mileage correction operation in Nottingham.

The commercial vehicle dealer Maxwell Stuart Alvey, who has wiped millions of miles off the clocks of more than 100 vans, has been brought to justice by Nottinghamshire County Council trading standards.  The sentencing has been adjourned from 4 May to 22 June - it will take place at Nottingham Crown Court.

Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council, who investigated the case, estimate Alvey profitted by well over £100,000 in just ten months from buying the high mileage vehicles at auction, clocking them and then selling them on to unsuspecting businesses.

In the worst example, Alvey took more than 275,000 miles off a Mercedes Sprinter van - clocking the genuine 364,370 mileometer reading back to just 89,000.

Andy Foster, operations and policy manager at the Trading Standards Institute, said: “Illegal car clocking is an old fraud,  but this big case in Nottingham highlights the need to stamp out this issue with a new approach.

“It is clear that better controls are needed to stop criminals freely rolling back the miles on vehicles to considerably increase their resale value.

"We cannot see the justification for car clocking to be legal as it currently is as there are far more illegal reasons to adjust an odometer than legal.  We would like to see a ban on mileage correction services – unless for very specific legitimate reasons - to better protect consumers who are buying second hand cars."

DATE: 4 MAY 2012

Notes to editors:

For more information on the Nottingham case and the sentencing, to obtain a photograph of Maxwell Alvey or to find out about case studies please contact Rob Shirley on 0115 977 2802 or email

To arrange an interview with Andy Foster please contact TSI press office on 08456089430 or email