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DVLA sold 6.8m driver details to parking ticket firms last year

The number of driver details sold to private parking companies reached a new high last year, according to analysis of government figures.The RAC Foundation found 6.8million sets of vehicle keeper records were released to parking management firms in 2018 to 2019, up a fifth from 5.65million a year earlier.

The figures from the DVLA, which looks after the records of more than 48million motorists, work out as 18,653 sets of records sold every day, or 13 every minute.A recent Freedom of Information request revealed the DVLA made £16.3million in 2017 to 18 from selling details.

The number of details sold to private parking companies by the DVLA has increased a thousandfold over the last decade - from 687,000 in 2008-9 to 6.

8million in 2018-19Parking companies can apply to the DVLA to request details for £2.50 a pop in order to charge them for breaching contracts, which is how they then issue fines to motorists who have parked without a valid ticket. This is provided they are members of either the British Parking Association or the International Parking Community.

The rise of the widespread use of Automatic Numberplate Recognition Cameras, known as ANPR, combined with the DVLAs willingness to sell on details has led the number of private parking tickets being issued soaring.Firms currently do not have to explain why they are asking for details and often issue tickets for minor infringements and use hardline tactics for dispute cases.

 This is Money has campaigned since last autumn to make it harder for drivers details to be sold and for a crackdown on private parking tickets. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next
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Car parks that saw a flurry of parking charges issued could also face an audit under the proposals, with local government minister Rishi Sunak writing in This is Money that the rogue operators are on their way out for good. This is Moneys Parking Sharks campaign  This is Money began its campaign against the private parking sharks last October after being inundated with emails from affected readers.

In short, we call for common sense, after some shocking cases that have seen motorists chased, bullied and harassed over private parking charges for dubious and minor infringements. We have called for three simple changes in our stop the private parking sharks campaign:  1. To give drivers the option to stop the DVLA allowing private firms to buy their details for £2.

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