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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Personal Records

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of UK residents whose personal details are held on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (a) vehicle register database, (b) driver register database, (c) local office casework system database and (d) driver and vehicle intelligence database. (242430)

[holding answer 11 December 2008]: We are not able to provide the number of UK residents currently registered on these databases. However the total number of currently licensed vehicles on the vehicle record and current driving licence holders on the driver database is:

Number

2004

2005

2006

2007

Licensed Vehicles

32,258,857

32,897,383

33,368,840

33,956,832

Driver Records

40,681,227

41,335,798

42,011,724

42,736,627

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of personal detail entries relating to UK residents which contained inaccurate information on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (a) vehicle register database, (b) driver register database, (c) local office casework systems database and (d) driver and vehicle intelligence database in each of the last four years. (242431)

[holding answer 11 December 2008]: Accuracy surveys are completed on the vehicle record (annually) and driver record (biennially) but not on the local office casework system record database or driver and vehicle intelligence database. The reported accuracy levels are:

Percentage

2004

2005

2006

2007

Licensed Vehicles

92

97

98

97

Driver Records

n/a

82

n/a

1n/a

1 The 2007 survey of driver records was cancelled. However, the 2003 result reported 82 per cent. accuracy

Full vehicles surveys were conducted in late 2003, 2005 and 2007. Figures for 2004 and 2006 are estimates based on internal measures.

Surveys reporting on 2008 accuracy of both vehicles and drivers databases are currently being undertaken and are due to report early next year. Surveys are now programmed to be conducted every year.