Enforcement of Vehicle Tax Offences

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

Regarding the enforcement of the offence of "being the registered keeper of an untaxed vehicle" identified from the DVLA's Vehicle Register, could you please provide details of the following for each of the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and H1 2021:

A1) The number of late licensing penalties were issued
B2) Of those drivers to whom out of late licensing penalties were issued, the number cases and aggregate value of unpaid penalties from out of court settlement letters passed to debt collection agencies or, separately, processed for prosecution via magistrates courts
A3a) If these debts are sold to debt collection agencies, the total value paid by debt collection agencies for these claims
A3b) If these debt collection agencies are acting as agents for DVLA, the total value recovered and the costs paid to these debt collection agencies

Separately, regarding the enforcement of "keeping an untaxed vehicle" offences identified from the DVLA's Vehicle Register, could you please provide details of the following for each of the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and H1 2021:

B1) The number of out of court settlement letters issued
B2) Of those drivers to whom out of court settlement letters were issued, the number cases and aggregate value of unpaid penalties from out of court settlement letters passed to debt collection agencies or, separately, processed for prosecution via magistrates courts
B3a) If these debts are sold to debt collection agencies, the total value paid by debt collection agencies for these claims
B3b) If these debts are passed to debt collection agencies are acting as agents for DVLA, the total value recovered and the costs paid to these debt collection agencies

Separately, regarding the enforcement of "using" offences identified from on-street from the DVLA's Vehicle Register, could you please provide details of the following for each of the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and H1 2021:

C1) The number of out of court settlement issues issued
C2) The number and value of cases resulting from late licensing penalties passed to debt collection agencies
C3a) If these debts are sold to debt collection agencies, the total value paid by debt collection agencies for these claims
C3b) If these debt collection agencies are acting as agents for DVLA, the total value recovered and the costs paid to these debt collection agencies

Finally, for the enforcement action "a request for the outstanding balance of vehicle tax" identified in 6.1 of https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio..., could you please confirm the Offence or Penalty, Identification, Enforcement Action and Legal Reference as per the "DVLA Enforcement of Vehicle Tax Registration and Insurance Offences" page at https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio... - the nature of this enforcement action is not made clear on either site.

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear B Treloar

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information. The DVLA are dealing with your request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR9506.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request by 13 December.

If you have any further questions or enquiries on this request please quote the reference number.

Regards

Debbie
Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Enforcement of Vehicle Tax Offences'.

I note that you have aggregated my requests, which authorities are permitted to do under the FOI Act — but as you may be aware, ICO guidance (https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...) states that requests may only be aggregated for the purposes of a Section 12 exemption if they relate to the same or similar information. In fact, my requests concern demonstrably different pieces of information, as indicated by your response which states that "your request covers a range of enforcement topics and you may wish to focus on a specific subject matter, narrowing the scope accordingly". As such, your own response indicates that section 12(4) does not apply to these requests, which relate to separate enforcement topics.

Additionally, paragraph 14 of the section 45 code of Practice states that where a public authority is not obligated to comply with a request because it would exceed the appropriate limit to do so, it "... should consider providing an indication of what, if any, information could be provided within the cost ceiling". As such, the response to these requests is in breach of Section 16, as you have provided no information about which - if any - of the requests is likely to breach the cost ceiling and provided no advice on which elements of each request should be revised in order to bring the request within the relevant cost ceiling.

Finally, no evidence is provided that these requests will breach the cost limit:
- The contents of FOIR9506 relates mainly to queries on the Vehicle Taxation database and the database of enforcement actions relate to database queries. This is no more than a few hours work, chargeable at £25. Similar work has been judged not to be within the cost limit in previous, similar but different FOI requests. The remainder relates to the cost of contracts with Debt Collection Agencies. If these are not stored in a convenient way, then the DVLA is in breach of its requirement to regulations around transparency in procurement and contracting, important to ensure all public procurement is based on value of money
- The contents of FOIR9507 relates entirely to queries on the Vehicle Taxation database and the database of enforcement actions relate to database queries. This is no more than a few hours work, chargeable at no more than £25 an hour. Similar work has been judged not to be within the cost limit in previous, similar but different FOI requests.
- The contents of FOIR9508 relate to usage of the National ANPR Service, so if the DVLA is using this service, retrieval of this information is, again, no more than a few hours of database work. If the DVLA is not using this service, then the work is even less expensive.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/en...

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear B Treloar

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information. The DVLA are dealing with your request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR9506.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request by 22 December.

If you have any further questions or enquiries on this request please quote the reference number.

Regards

Debbie
Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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FOI would like to recall the message, "Internal review of Freedom of Information request - FOIR9506 - IR".

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Correspondents should note that all communications to DVLA may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for lawful purposes.

Please visit www.gov.uk/browse/driving for government information on all aspects of motoring, ranging from log books and driving licences to driving tests and vehicle tax.
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FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear B Treloar

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information. The DVLA are dealing with your Internal Review request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR9506 - IR.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request by 22 December.

If you have any further questions or enquiries on this request please quote the reference number.

Regards

Debbie
Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing with regards to the internal review of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Enforcement of Vehicle Tax Offences'.

Eight weeks have passed and this internal review has not been actioned. Please clarify when you will be providing a response to this review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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