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Clocking crackdown

Plans to redesign the MOT certificate will protect motorists by including not just the mileage at the time of the test, but also readings from previous years.

This will make it a lot harder for dealers to wind back the car's mileometer in order to sell on at an inflated price.

'These measures would give motorists the power to make the right decisions and avoid getting scammed into buying potential death traps,” said road safety minister Mike Penning to the Daily Telegraph.

'It will also deter those who attempt to defraud law abiding motorists and help to identify organised criminals who will often use clocking alongside more serious offences.'

The Office of Fair Trading estimates that there are 700,000 clocked cars on our roads, costing consumers £600 million a year.

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