DVLA Earning Millions Selling Motorists' Data
The DVLA is earning millions of pounds selling motorists' contact details to parking and clamping firms, the Daily Mail has reported. The Government body - that is trusted by the nation to oversea the vehicle registration scheme - therefore received £10.4 million in 2012 from parking enforcement companies. This was preceded by £9 million in 2011 and £2.4 million in 2010. The total over the last three years is therefore £21.8 million. But why? Supermarket, shopping centre, and hospital car parks can now be monitored by closed-circuit television and number plate recognition systems. These enable parking firms to log the times vehicles enter and leave the premises. If motorists overstay their welcome - perhaps while visiting sick relatives in hospital – the enforcement companies can purchase their contact details for £2.50 per-person from the DVLA. Drivers then receive penalty notices via the post which can be extremely expensive. If these fines are not paid within specified periods they can increase considerably. Whereas parking fines are unpleasant, they are tolerable if the enforcers operate responsibly. However, the Daily Mail reported that more than twenty firms were banned from buying information for three months last year for breaches such as failing to provide adequate parking signs.