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John Woodcock: Ministers must ban sale of motorists' personal records to criminal firms

Labour press release

Ministers must ban the sale of motorists’ personal records to rogue parking firms - Labour demands today after an investigation revealed the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency sold 7,000 drivers’ names to a firm after its boss wasconvicted of dodgy practices last year.

John Woodcock MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Minister, in the light of the Mail on Sunday’s report that showed parking firm ObservicesParking Solutions (OPC) was given back its license to buy drivers’ personal details from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after a court ruled it had been ‘recklessly unfair’ to drivers last year, called for a review of the system that allows the parking industry to regulate itself.

John Woodcock MP said:

“Motorists will be highly alarmed that the Government seems happy to sell ontheir personal details to car park operators that have been convicted of sharppractices.

“Rather than sitting back and making a profit from the sale of drivers’personal data to convicted criminals, out-of-touch ministers need to get a gripon dodgy car park operators can make people’s lives a misery.

“The Government should enforce an immediate ban on the sale of DVLA data tofirms convicted of unfair practices, and conduct an urgent review into thesystem of self-regulation for parking operators which has allowed this to happen.”


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