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.
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.