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Dear Department for Transport,

I refer to your current guidance found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Please could you explain the statutory basis for the following extract:

1.The body type information held on the vehicle record must describe what a vehicle actually looks like. This description, in addition to other distinguishing features, enables the police and other enforcement agencies to identify a particular vehicle. Therefore, the body type will not be changed unless the exterior of the vehicle actually appears to be a motor home.

2.could you provide the guidance which DVLA officers use for making judgments as to what the exterior of a motor home should look like?

Yours faithfully,

Susan brown

Simon Jones,

Dear Susan Brown

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: FOIR7827.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request by 10/09/2019.

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

Regards,

Simon Jones
Data Sharing Strategy and Compliance
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2-E | DVLA | Swansea | SA99 1DY

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Mark Chatham,

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Dear Ms Brown

 

Please see attached a reply to your Freedom of Information request,
FOIR7827

 

Regards

 

Freedom of Information Team

 

 

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Dear Department for Transport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Transport's handling of my FOI request 'Motor Home Exterior Guidance'.
1. My request was submitted to the DfT not the DVLA and yet I received a response from the DVLA with no explanation as to why it was transferred

With reference to the response from the DVLA

2. Whilst I understand that asking for rejections by make, model and colour may exceed the appropriate cost limit you have not provided evidence of why it will exceed cost.
You have not used section 16 to assist. Is the information recorded by Make and model? would it exceed 18 hours to locate and retrieve? You have not explained at all! I appreciate that you have provided totals but not provided a full explanation as to what would exceed the cost limit. Please provide this and also assist in what can be retrieved within cost.

3. With reference to the guidance DVLA officers use for making judgments as to what the exterior of a motor home should look like. I fail to see how the exemption that you have relied on is appropriate. How can having a self build that looks like a motor home and not be classified as such on the V5c be likely to, prejudice-(a) the prevention or detection of crime. you have not evidenced that public disclosure would increase the risk of applications being made to fraudulently amend the body type of a vehicle to a motor caravan.

You have used a blanket exemption for the whole of the guidance. I believe that there are parts of the guidance that can and should be released even if in a redacted format using the appropriate exemption in each case. I am not convinced that the exemption has been applied correctly

It is my intention if the guidance is withheld on internal review I will take it to the Information Commisioner

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

Yours faithfully,

Susan brown

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Ms Brown

 

Thank you for your email dated 9 September 2019.

 

As the DVLA is one of the Department for Transport’s closely aligned
agencies, your request for information was passed to them to answer. The
issues you raised fell wholly within the remit of the DVLA, thus the
substantive response to your request for information was provided by this
agency.

 

I will pass on your request for an Internal Review to the DVLA so that
they may look into the issues you raise.

 

Kind regards

 

 

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Freedom of Information Adviser, Group Assurance 

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Good Afternoon Ms Brown

 

Further to your request for an Internal review of the response you
received from the DVLA (but made to the DfT), please find attached a
response.

 

Regards

Ian

 

Ian Aubrey

Freedom of Information Team – C2/W

Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy and Communications
Directorate | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL

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driving tests and vehicle tax.
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