Car clocking company owner jailed

Car clocking company owner jailed

The owner of a car clocking company has been jailed in a landmark legal case.

Michael Ogle, owner of the Swindon-based Mileage Correction Firm, was sentenced to nine months in prison.

It is the first time a jail sentence has been handed down to the provider of mileage correction services rather than the owner of the business selling on the clocked vehicles.

The move comes after a major 2010 investigation by the Office of Fair Trading into the second-hand car industry.

It found that consumers faced potential losses of around £580 million a year because of the proliferation of cars with false mileages.

Vehicle information specialist HPI has also lobbied Parliament over the issue, including through an e-petition, in a bid to get mileage correction companies closed down.

HPI consumer services manager Nicola Johnson said the sentence was "fantastic" news as it showed that firms which have previously acted without any fear of action will be prosecuted.

Copyright Press Association 2012