Mileage fraud costs europe billions a year, new study finds

The practice of deliberately interfering with a vehicle’s odometer so that a lower mileage is displayed remains a crime that is both persistent and damaging for consumers. This practice has almost been stamped out in Belgium by the mandatory Car-Pass system. The launching of a new report today demonstrates Belgium will never be able to win this battle on its own. Given the realities of the EU’s internal market, mileage fraud has become a European problem with very significant consequences. This report assesses the situation in Belgium’s neighbouring countries and estimates the combined cost of odometer tampering in Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to be between €1,4 and €2,8 billion a year.  A pan-European approach to tackling the issue is required.

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