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DVLA 'should protect drivers' details'

Mon, 16 Mar 2009
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) should not be able to sell motorists details to parking enforcement companies, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of British Drivers (ABD), car owners should not have to worry about their personal information being passed on to "extortionists".

It made these comments after two MPs came forward to condemn the practice.

Liberal Democrat Norman Baker and Labour representative Gordon Prentice voiced concern that motorists were being handed fines of up to £230 from "shady operators and crooks" after allegedly parking illegally.

ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries said after buying a car, drivers have no option but to give their details to the DVLA.

He added: "They expect such information to be retained by the government for official purposes only."

Mr Humphries urged the country's leaders to close this loophole in the law.

In other news, ABD recently criticised plans to introduce a 50 mph speed limit on all rural single carriageways.

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