More than 1.4 million driver’s details sold by DVLA during second quarter of 2017


A rise in motorists’ details being sold to private parking firms has been revealed, with more than 1.4 million drivers’ details being sold by the DVLA to such companies during the second quarter of 2017.

The annual figure for this year could reach 6 million, over a million more than the previous financial year at 4.71m from 2016-2017.

DVLA sold the details of 1,429,703 motorists to private parking firms during the second quarter of the 2017/18 financial year and there’s still the busy Christmas period to come, which if analysts are correct, could result in a “bumper” third quarter.

Each motorists’ record bought from the DVLA costs parking firms £2.50 and the information gathered could then be used by the private companies to hand out parking tickets.

More than 1.4 million driver's details sold by DVLA during second quarter of 2017

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Some parking tickets can be as high as £100 and a parking firm owned by Capita called ParkingEye has called for around one third of the records provided by the DVLA during the second quarter of 2017/18.

The RAC Foundation carried out the inquiry, which emphasizes the continuous increase in requests for motorists’ detail from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

In comparison, less than 500,000 drivers’ details were requested from the DVLA by private parking firms back in the 2007/08 financial year, with only 111,944 records sold during the second quarter – this equates to 13 times more requests being made today compared to just 10 years ago.

According to the RAC Foundation, “at least” 5.6 million drivers’ records will be sold on this financial year and this could easily increase to 6 million.

“Private parking firms are already issuing tickets at an unprecedented rate and if history is anything to go by they will be breaking yet more records in the weeks ahead,” said Steve Gooding from the RAC Foundation regarding the data.

Mr Gooding says that shoppers on the run up to Christmas need to be made aware that private parking firms don’t provide motorists with any kind of grace period once their parking time has expired and tickets could be handed out for being just a few minutes over their time.


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