Parking: Private Sector

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th September 2022.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the matter in which the private parking industry is using its access to DVLA records.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The law allows the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to release vehicle keeper details to third parties in certain limited circumstances, subject to appropriate safeguards. This includes the release of information to help manage parking on private land.

To ensure motorists are treated fairly, the DVLA will only provide information to private parking companies that are members of an appropriate accredited trade association and adhere to an enforceable code of practice. The DVLA audits external data users to ensure information is requested and used appropriately.

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