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DVLA SELLS YOUR DETAILS TO ROGUE CLAMPING FIRMS; Bosses forced to reveal companies who pay for personal info.

Byline: Nick Dorman ; Kevin O'Sullivan

DRIVERS' details have been sold to dodgy parking operators by the DVLA, The People can reveal.

Officials have flogged private addresses to rogue firms which then send out letters to motorists demanding payment of fines of up to pounds 400.

Among the outfits it has dealt with is Midlands-based Observices Parking Consultancy, which last May was fined pounds 30,000 for offences including displaying misleading signs.

The firm was also barred from the DVLA's data register for a month but was STILL sold details while suspended. Figures obtained by The People under Freedom of Information laws show the Swansea-based agency sold 7,354 addresses to OPC, at pounds 2.50 a time, between April and December last year.

Another DVLA customer is G24, which gets hundreds of complaints every week from drivers about unfair tickets.

And Parking Eye - which has made 702,278 requests to the DVLA for data in just three years - has seen a host of successful appeals against it.

Campaign group Big Brother Watch blasted the DVLA, which makes pounds 9million a year legitimately flogging details, saying: "It is concerning the DVLA sells data to companies which have been fined in courts or forced to overhaul their policies because of sharp practice."

Labour MP Graham Stringer said: "The whole process of the DVLA selling details to dodgy and sometimes criminal parking firms should be stopped." In reply to our inquiries the DVLA admitted releasing data to OPC but insisted it had not known at the time the firm had been convicted.

nick.dorman@people.co.uk

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