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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 21 DECEMBER 2022 • ISSUE 824 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 4 PAGE 3 Car mileage scam: police refuse to clear car imports KARL AZZOPARDI AUTHORITIES have been forced to in- troduce an indemnity form after police at the Laboratory Wharf in the Grand Harbour refused to clear imported cars. This newspaper understands they did not want to be held liable in light of on- going investigations on tampered mile- age gauges. Last June MaltaToday revealed how hundreds of consumers have been sold second-hand Japanese cars with tam- pered mileage gauges, in a racket in- volving at least two car dealerships. Cars bought from Japanese bidding markets on the cheap because of their high mileage, would then be sold in Malta with the dashboard gauge show- ing low mileage. An exercise carried out by Malta- Today on a sample of 18 car models flagged by multiple industry sources, shows discrepancies ranging between 30,000km and 130,000km between the original mileage and the one registered in Malta. Authorities introduce indemnity form after police refuse to clear imported cars • Large backlog of vehicles awaiting clearance Church poll: 80% agree with abortion when woman's life is in danger MATTHEW VELLA A Church-commissioned survey has re- vealed that 80% of respondents to a Misco poll are in agreement with the termination of a pregnancy "in circumstances where a woman's life is in danger." The survey among 800 respondents was publicised by the Maltese archdiocese, and published a day after the Maltese parliament voted in a historic first to tweak Malta's abortion ban by sending the Bill to committee stage. 21% of respondents to the survey al- so said they agreed with abortion as "a means of limiting the size of a family, ir- respective of whether a mother's health or life is at risk.

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