Belgium’s Car-Pass system to be expanded
In ten years the Car-Pass system has managed to eradicate nearly all odometer fraud on secondhand cars. The government will add new data on emissions and Euro standards to make the system even more reliable.
Ten years ago Belgium introduced the then new Car-Pass system. By keeping track of all cars’ mileage every time they went for a service or through the annual technical control, the system aimed at battling odometer fraud. Since its introduction, the system has proven to be worthy and reliable.
On Friday new measures will be presented to the Minister’s Council to add more data to the Car-Pass system. It will now include information about the car’s emissions and Euro norm. Furthermore, the system will specify if the car needs to go through another technical control, after an accident, for instance.
Imported cars too
Minister Kris Peeters (CD&V), in charge of Consumer Defense, wants to attack odometer fraud on imported secondhand cars. “Car-Pass managed to nearly eradicate odometer fraud for secondhand cars. With the extension, we are aiming particularly at odometer fraud on imported cars”, explains the Minister.
Since the end of 2016, Vice Prime Minister, Kris Peeters, and Mobility Minister, François Bellot (MR), have joined forces with Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Minister, Melanie Schulz van Haegen (VVD). The two countries now exchange data on their cars’ mileage. In one year the number of fraud on imported cars has dropped by 42%.
Mechanic shops and service centres controlled
Between January and November last year, the Economic Inspection has controlled 425 shops for bad, wrong or missing odometer data transmission. In total 294 garages violated the Car Pass legislation, forcing them to send the car’s mileage to the data centre.
“We concentrated on recidivism. 11.500 professionals transmitted the kilometres data correctly, but the number of infractions shows that our controllers have chosen to check the real guilty professionals”, adds Kris Peeters.
Europe taking Car-Pass as example
A recent study by the European Parliament showed that some 30 to 50% of second-hand cars have driven an average of 60.000 km more than the kilometre indicator shows. This also means that the buyer is deceived for an average of 3.000 euro.
The study also refers to an immediate solution: the ‘Car-Pass’ Belgium and the Netherlands already use. “With the Car-Pass it is very easy to register on a regular base the mileage of every car. If this measure would be expanded to the whole of Europe, fraud could easily be tackled.”