Odometer manipulation in motor vehicles

23-05-2018

Odometers (or milometers), instruments measuring the distance travelled by a vehicle, can be tampered with relatively easily to make the mileage value appear lower than it is in reality. The practice of mileage fraud, commonplace especially in the cross-border trade of used cars in Europe, harms consumers and weakens road safety. While existing EU rules do not address all aspects of the problem, effective good practice exists. Parliament is to vote on an own-initiative report which calls on the European Commission to act in this area to improve consumer protection and road safety.

Odometers (or milometers), instruments measuring the distance travelled by a vehicle, can be tampered with relatively easily to make the mileage value appear lower than it is in reality. The practice of mileage fraud, commonplace especially in the cross-border trade of used cars in Europe, harms consumers and weakens road safety. While existing EU rules do not address all aspects of the problem, effective good practice exists. Parliament is to vote on an own-initiative report which calls on the European Commission to act in this area to improve consumer protection and road safety.