Vehicles unlawfully seized by police acting on inaccurate information from DVLA

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richard cresswell

Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

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request for the monthly numbers of vehicles unlawfully seized for purportedly not being taxed when they were in fact taxed, by the police acting on behalf of DVLA since paper tax-discs were withdrawn.

Yours faithfully,
Richard Cresswell
Newark on Trent
Notts.

FOI FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear Mr Cresswell,

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information on:

The monthly numbers of vehicles unlawfully seized for purportedly not being taxed when they were in fact taxed, by the police acting on behalf of DVLA since paper tax-discs were withdrawn.

The DVLA are dealing with your request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR5399

You should receive a reply to your request no later than 6 July 2016.

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

Thanks & Regards,

David A Morgan
Freedom of Information Team
Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy and Communications Group | D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

Vehicle tax or SORN can’t be passed on when a vehicle changes hands.
Ni all treth cerbyd na HOS gael eu trosglwyddo pan fydd cerbyd yn newid dwylo.
Find out more at/Cael gwybod mwy ar: www.gov.uk/vehicletaxrules

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Bill Massey left an annotation ()

Every year the DVLA hold an audit of the Vehicle Register and the Driver Register. The results of that audit are published in the annual accounts. The target for vehicles where the Registered Keeper cannot be traced from the record is less than 2.5% allowing that 1 in 40 vehicles on the road cannot have its registered keeper traced from the vehicle register. This has been as low as 1 in 25 and as high as 1 in 50 since it started being reported. Effectively there are nearly 1 million vehicles where the Registered keeper cannot be traced from the information inn the Vehicle Register.
That being the case it is quite surprising that there are not thousands of cases like this. This could also be used to report that nearly a million vehicles are considered uninsured and that fallacy is used to put money into the bank for the insurance companies and have vehicles seized for no insurance when they may actually be fully insured.
The Driver Register target is less than 25% of drivers who cannot be traced from the record. Thus there are millions of drivers who may or may not be driving on the road who cannot be traced by the DVLA from their records.
Perhaps the government should be taking a look at whether the DVLA should be replaced by a private company who would be cheaper and more efficient.
Bill Massey

Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

Bill,

You wrote:

"Every year the DVLA hold an audit of the Vehicle Register and the Driver Register. The results of that audit are published in the annual accounts. The target for vehicles where the Registered Keeper cannot be traced from the record is less than 2.5% allowing that 1 in 40 vehicles on the road cannot have its registered keeper traced from the vehicle register. This has been as low as 1 in 25 and as high as 1 in 50 since it started being reported. Effectively there are nearly 1 million vehicles where the Registered keeper cannot be traced from the information in the Vehicle Register."

I was curious how DVLA conducts this audit, so I've been filing some FOI requests to try to understand their methodology:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

As you can see, they're very reluctant to disclose exactly how they arrive at their estimates of the number of cars owners and drivers who aren't traceable. We'll see if the ICO can persuade them to respond.

Andrew Watson

FOI FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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Dear Mr Cresswell,

Please find attached the reply to your Freedom of Information request FOIR5399.

Thanks & Regards,

David A Morgan
Freedom of Information Team
Data Sharing & Protection Group | Strategy, Policy and Communications Group | D16 | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk
Ext 88586
(01792) 788586

Vehicle tax or SORN can’t be passed on when a vehicle changes hands.
Ni all treth cerbyd na HOS gael eu trosglwyddo pan fydd cerbyd yn newid dwylo.
Find out more at/Cael gwybod mwy ar: www.gov.uk/vehicletaxrules

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