The total fee income received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for vehicle keeper information requests in 2017-18 was £16,300,139. The fees received by the DVLA are not recorded separately and so the total includes fees for requests from both private parking companies and other requesters, including insurers, motor finance companies and solicitors. The fee is set to recover the cost of processing these requests, so that the burden is met by the applicant and not passed on to the general taxpayer.
The DVLA provides the details of the registered keepers of vehicles as a first point of contact to establish where liability for an incident or event may lie. This is provided for in law and the arrangements are subject to robust safeguards to ensure that this information is only provided to those with a legitimate need to request it.