Less 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

V888 data release update article on 20th October 2017. More

DVLA Policy paper. Release of information from DVLA's registers - INF266. More

DVLA document "Giving people information from our vehicle record - mis54 August 2017". More

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MOT history check made on 5th October 2017
The 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.

MOT history check made on 24th November 2017
DVLA 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."

"A spokeswoman 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.