information from DVLA?|
Earlier this year David Worthington contributed
an article on the useful information a vehicle owner could obtain from the DVLA
using the V888 procedure but in October 2017 we heard that had changed. Less information
was now available from a V888 enquiry. Now two more cases of a reduced information
release have appeared. Keith Belcher has found an MOT history check reveals less
information and a case was reported in the Times yesterday. Is DVLA changing
its policies regarding information release?
V888 data release article
in January 2017. More
data release update article on 20th October 2017. More
Policy paper. Release of information from DVLA's registers - INF266. More
DVLA document "Giving people information from our vehicle record - mis54
August 2017". More
history check made on 5th October 2017
information revealed by an MOT history check on the GOV.UK website seems to have
changed because until very recently the check would show the test location for
each MOT test together with the date of the test and mileage plus the expiry date.
Now the name and address of the test location are no longer revealed. Knowing
the MOT test location was useful guide to where the car had been located - for
example on the coast with salty air. |
history check made on 24th November 2017
staff refuse to identify fly-tipper|
An item in the Times newspaper on Thursday
23rd November 2017 reported how " a fly-tipper" who dumped rubbish on
a farm in Devon has escaped punishment after the DVLA refused to reveal his details
on data protection grounds." The article added "staff from the local
council have led prosecutions against a range of culprits but said they have had
to close this case when the DVLA refused to help."
for the DVLA said: "We have to ensure the release of information is lawful.
When there is sufficient evidence to tie fly-tipping to a vehicle, we can supply
that information and in the vast majority of cases when a local authority requests
information, we are able to release it."" In this case there was an
interesting way the local council were able to trace the car through a receipt
found in the rubbish and then traced through security video. See a copy of the
full Times article here.