Clocking set to become illegal

Cartell Clocking Bill Passes Stage 1

In 2010 Used Car History Check expert Cartell, through its legal division, drafted a Bill which sought to criminalise vehicle clocking and accompanying measures. This was presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas and was considered by the Transport Committee at that time. However, for one reason or another, the matter went no further and the provisions were not adopted. 

We didn’t stop there, however. Since then we have been knocking at the door of anyone that will listen to us including the Minister for Transport and various other officials engaged in Consumer Protection and Road Safety.

We are delighted to inform you that the Cartell Clocking Bill has now passed Stage 1 of the Oireachtas and will be debated as a Bill in its own right – hopefully as soon as possible – at Stage 2.

The Bill was presented as a Private Members Bill from the Government side of the house by Anthony Lawlor TD. Since we spoke to Anthony first about this issue we are thrilled at the manner in which he has engaged with it and agreed to press ahead with the task of enacting legislation which is needed in Ireland to criminalise vehicle clocking. For our part we’re delighted that we can help  – and we’ll continue to offer all the support we can to assist in protecting the Irish motorist and the Irish consumer.

John P Byrne, Barrister-at-Law, who drafted the Bill originally says: “I’m delighted the Bill has progressed this far and if there’s enough support for the measure then it stands a good chance of getting enacted – either on its own right or as part of a broader Road Traffic enactment.” 

Hopefully the Cartell Clocking Bill will be enacted in due course in the New Year. It is anticipated that this will, in turn, bring a sea-change in how mileage readings are handled in this country – and will put companies like ourselves in a stronger position to help you – the consumer.




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3 Responses to Clocking set to become illegal

  1. Jason December 19, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Wow I thought clocking WAS illegal.

  2. Gary December 19, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    shouldn’t be illegal as I’ve recently got a engine re-built and was cosidering re-setting the clocks ,i would never be selling the car so don’t think it should make any difference .also if buyers check the recent nct cert they will know if the car has been clocked since the last test.

  3. January 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    no, it isn’t Jason. We’re working hard to make it illegal, as you probably already know, and we’re happy that politicians, at last, are listening to us. Getting the law changed is a long process