Parking: Private Sector

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st July 2017.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what monitoring procedures the DVLA has put in place to ensure that private parking companies comply with the conditions of a contract for a Keeper of a Vehicle at the Date of an Event.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) takes the protection of the data it holds very seriously and has robust measures in place to ensure it is not misused.

To help ensure motorists are treated fairly, private parking companies that request vehicle keeper data are required to be members of an appropriate accredited trade association and TO adhere to its Code of Practice. The DVLA is notified promptly of compliance issues as required

The DVLA carries out its own comprehensive auditing, involving both remote and on-site audits in conjunction with the Government Internal Audit Agency. This is designed to ensure that the data requested is used only in accordance with strict contractual terms. Failure to comply can result in suspension of the parking company's ability to request vehicle keeper data

Following its most recent audit of the DVLA’s procedures for releasing data to private parking companies, the Information Commissioner’s Office found that there was a high level of assurance that processes were in place to MANAGE non-compliance with data protection requirements. The audit was published on 1 June 2016, and can be found at https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/audits-advisory-visits-and-overview-reports/driver-and-vehicle-licensing-agency-dvla/

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