The DVLA faces a watchdog inquiry regarding potential breaches of GDPR Data Protection regulations for sharing personal details of 23 million motorists last year.
This has been widely reported, although this has been under the spotlight for quite some time amid concerns among motorists how the DVLA have been able to do this without motorist’s consent.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO‘) is set to shine a spotlight on this as various motoring organisations have questioned how the DVLA has been able to legitimately share personal details on such a vast scale without any scrutiny.
The legitimacy of the requests has also been questioned and the DVLA made almost £20 million in 2018 from sharing vehicle keeper details with various firms and bodies that are largely unregulated. These include bailiffs, private investigators and private parking firms. Local councils account for half of all requests.
There are about 32 million motorists in the UK and 20 million motorists have had their personal details disclosed without their knowledge and consent.
Given that organisations are paranoid about GDPR regulations and breaches, it is astonishing that the DVLA can disclose vehicle keeper details to anyone for a raft of spurious reasons without question or scrutiny.
Private parking firms issued over 18,500 tickets a day last year for alleged violations on private land such as supermarkets or shopping centre car parks. Each penalty is up to £100 resulting in a potential £680 million payday for car park operators.
Scottish Councils are raking in millions from parking and this is a racket that urgently needs addressing.
Whilst I cannot condone common infringements, it is clear to me that this is simply a money-making exercise and automated theft that motorists find nigh on impossible to remedy.
Furthermore, compliance with the law and the Road Traffic Act cuts both ways and those trying to enforce the law need to be held to account and made to comply with it themselves.
I shine a spotlight on various technicalities on parking tickets and pothole claims in my new book to enable you to do just that.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the DVLA needs to be more stringent with your data?