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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests from (a) private individuals, (b) car park enforcement companies and (c) other sources were submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the release of information from the vehicle register under the provision of reasonable cause in each of the last five years; and how many of these were (i) agreed and (ii) rejected in each such year. (205159)

The following table includes all requests for vehicle keeper details processed under the ‘reasonable cause’ provisions. These include requests from insurance and finance companies, private car park enforcement companies, members of the public and solicitors, for keeper details at a specific date of event. It also contains requests where the current registered keeper requires the full history of his vehicle and from mileage companies for investigations into vehicle ‘clocking’. The DVLA does not keep separate figures for each category of requests, so is unable to provide figures on how many requests were from private individual, car park enforcement companies, or other sources.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Electronic

597,688

633,084

809,859

936,538

1,263,019

Manual

291,975

327,476

454,425

407,365

380,874

Total

889,663

960,560

1,264,284

1,343,903

1,643,893

The following table shows the number of requests for information that were rejected during the same time period.

Requests rejected

2003-04

17,565

2004-05

16,381

2005-06

12,383

2006-07

37,763

2007-08

35,682

Total

119,774