Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many requests for vehicle owner information have been made by overseas enforcement agencies in each of the last five years by country.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

As part of the Cross Border Exchange Directive, EU Member States can request keeper or owner details of vehicles from other Member States, to follow up certain road traffic offences. CBE was implemented in the UK on 7 May 2017, the table below shows the number of requests for vehicle keeper information up to 27 June 2019.

(from 7 May) 2017

2018

(to 27 June) 2019

Austria

15,988

30,530

8,786

Belgium

7

11

-

Bulgaria

1,222

2,693

1,235

Croatia

218

367

102

Czech Republic

86

2,115

1,474

Estonia

7

2

-

Finland

-

-

3

France

-

36

241,467

Germany

40,124

88,362

29,388

Hungary

6,169

9,861

3,636

Italy

13,586

58,832

21,422

Latvia

13

512

15,354

Lithuania

1,211

3,761

5,903

Luxembourg

1,286

3,149

1,270

Malta

-

2

43

Poland

1,697

3,816

1,310

Slovakia

199

408

195

Slovenia

86

196

117

Spain

1,199

51,851

16,863

The Netherlands

55

3,569

21,961

In addition, the Home Office can receive requests for vehicle information from overseas authorities, through either Mutual Legal Assistance requests or European Investigation Orders. Information on the volume of these requests is not stored within the Department for Transport.

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