The Government is selling the names and home addresses of motorists on its drivers' database to convicted criminals, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) tells would-be wheel-clampers there is "no problem" with them buying drivers' home addresses - even if they have a criminal record.
Indeed, the two bosses of one clamping firm on the list of companies to whom the DVLA is happy to sell drivers' details are currently serving seven years' jail between them for extorting money from motorists.
The Mail on Sunday has now forced the DVLA to hand over its list of 157 firms which can buy personal information about drivers at £2.50 a time. All the companies need do is tap in a registration plate, and back comes the full name and address of the vehicle's owners.
The dossier shows that details of millions of drivers have been made available to bailiffs, credit control companies, debt collection agencies, property management firms, leisure centres, solicitors - and even one of the world's biggest loan and financial services companies.
A number of other companies on the list appear to be dissolved or simply not to exist.
The revelations, which suggest that the DVLA is in flagrant breach of data protection laws, last night caused a storm of protest, with MPs demanding an immediate end to the practice.
Even the Government's own Department for Constitutional Affairs, which runs the English courts system, said it thought selling the information was illegal.
The DVLA - run by the Department for Transport - says it has a legal obligation to sell the information to anyone who can show "reasonable cause" for having it, such as approved car-park operators who want to trace drivers who have overstayed and incurred a fine.
List of all 157 firms
Here is the link to the complete story (would have copied and pasted but a long story but worth a read)
Yet again the motorist is being screwed over....
This is possibly a bold statement and possibly a little cheeky but i would like to start a online petition but if im honest im not sure how to go about it…. My original thought was to build a very basic site using my web space with my ISP and a lot of reading as I have no idea on how to build a site.
If anyone has any ideas on how to do this then I would be more than happy to take there advise.
Would the site be willing to help with something like this as it could effect anyone and everyone on the site????
Your thought would be welcome.....