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The Netherlands: Odometer Rollback Now Illegal - You Mean It Was Allowed?

3
May
2013
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Odometer Rollback
The Dutch have gotten a new King, and it looks like they also got some common sense.

Last week the Dutch politicians managed to vote on a new law that makes odometer rollback illegal. Odometer rollback is when unscrupulous motorcycle dealers (or private people) rollback the bike's odometer, therefore making it look like there's less mileage on it, thereby raising the price.

In most countries this is an illegal, often criminal, activity, but not in The Netherlands, and it will remain "legal" until January 2014 when the law becomes active.

The Dutch do have an organization that fights odometer rollback, called Nationale Auto Pas Open Autopas link in a new window (NAP), which records the mileage a car or motorcycle has when being serviced, but it's a voluntary service, so anyone who plans to make less mileage on their vehicle before selling it just doesn't cooperate with NAP. As a private citizen you can access their database, and after paying a (pretty high) sum of €2.99, they can tell you what the vehicle's mileage is (if it has been recorded).

Of course having a law making it illegal will not guarantee that it will not occur. The new law will make it mandatory to use the NAP database when the car is being inspected for the annual technical inspection (MOT Open MOT in a new window), and for any maintenance intervention costing over €150.

Via: Nieuwsmotor



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