The DVLA mantra is that they take care not to allow just anyone to get your information and yet - they do.
To help ensure motorists are treated fairly when any private parking charge is pursued, the DVLA will disclose vehicle keeper information only to companies that are members of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA). The ATA would carry out stringent checks on companies before allowing them to join and monitor compliance of their code of practice. If a company fails to comply with the code of practice it can be suspended or expelled, during which time no data will be provided to it by the DVLA.
This mantra is repeated in Parliament too - and no-one ever lies in Parliament. So Andrew Jones MP the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport said in Parliament on 3rd March 2016:
"The safeguards that are in place to protect information held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) vary depending on the channel used and sensitivity of the data processed through the service. All the DVLA’s information systems and electronic services are subject to a formal assessment before they are made available to the public. This ensures that there are adequate policies, procedural and technical controls in place to protect the data. Privacy Impact Assessments are also completed to identify and address any privacy risks associated with the service and ensure that personal data is processed in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998."
So if you know of a scam or dodge or a parking company up to no good, who do you tell? Well, Oliver Morley who runs the DVLA wants any investigation to be "intelligence led" and head of "Intelligence " is Andrew Bagley, Head of Internal Audit at the DVLA. His Linkedin profile is here.
You can send your own intelligence to him at:
Andrew Bagley, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Longview Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7JL