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Curtail the power of the DVLA

1 Comment 1st July 2010

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

Why does this matter?

Citizens of the UK are suffering daily injustice at the hands of this unaccountable body, whose original remit was to be purely an administrative body.  Fining someone just because their name appears on a report pulled out of a database is wrong.  There is a concern that this type of justice could become a "template" for enforcement of non-motoring rules and regulations in the future.  I believe this would be a step in the wrong direction for a First-world Nation.

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One Response to Curtail the power of the DVLA

  1. Martyn Kelly says:

    In 2009 my hgv/psv & ordinary licences were revoked,due to information received that I had a ‘history’ of alcohol dependency within the past 12 months and/or persistent misuse within the past 6 months. I was then diagnosed with diabetes type 2. I had not seen a doctor for at least 2 years so were the dvla pluck 12 or 6 months from I do not know. The symptems for diabetes and liver/alcohol problems are very similar.I have been driving since 1970 without any problems,never breathalized,no motering convictions,and then all of a sudden at the age of 59 the rug is pulled from under my feet.I am now in the process through the data subject enquiries of finding out ‘who’ said ‘what’ to make it’clear’to the dvla that I had a problem. Having worked all my working life I find it very hard now,having lost a good coach driving job 3 years ago, on a very low private pension and pension credit. I believe I have been ‘stitched up like a kipper’ by the dvla, but try taking them to court!!! M Kelly

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