This legal campaign aims to stop the DVLA selling away peoples' privacy to rogue parking firms (using data protection and privacy laws), and get people compensated. Most private parking tickets issued have not been done so fairly, but are instead opportunistic and are pursued aggressively.
The DVLA has gotten into bed with a bad industry. It has sold on over 12 million drivers' home addresses onto parking firms. Parking firms may sound boring and harmless, but they're an infamous industry that are really damaging vulnerable people by aggressively issuing private parking tickets. Read my overview here if this is news to you. BBC Watchdog has attacked parking firms 4 separate times Citizens' Advice Scotland know it is a problem, and at least 132 critical newspaper articles have been written about them. Nothing has been done about it.
According to the RAC Foundation there are 30 million active drivers in the UK, and so far over 12 million driver details have been passed on by the DVLA. Something seems wrong. What we do know though is that the DVLA receives £2.50 every time it passes on a motorists' address. Watch the video.
This is an upcoming class action to end the problem and get people compensated.
You can help by adding yourself to the mailing list and then spreading this on. Just enter your email address. I'll send a message when the legal challenge is ready.
Just enter your email address, and (if relevant) the amount you've paid.
Joining the compensation claim (if stage 1 succeeds) will be free.
More information to be provided in early 2016.
What the hell is the DVLA doing selling on home address data to parking companies that are unregulated and have a notorious media profile?
And the parking companies: it is nothing new to say that their 'fines' are all legally dubious scams that have nothing to do with managing private land. Their enforcement practices are damaging real people. They need to answer to the law.
Sign up and spread it on to your friends and family: I'll do the rest.
Parking companies all around the UK are issuing extravagant "fines" which have nothing to do with managing land. Some judges have already said these charges are not lawful, but despite this, parking firms continue to issue them and make money from people who are too busy, vulnerable or intimidated to stand up for themselves. In their quest for profit, the firms buy peoples' personal data off the DVLA and then use this to harass people at their home address into paying over. This isn't a sensible or fair parking system – it is greed and extortion. It happens all throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
My name is Michael. I've just completed a Law Master's and Bachelor's Degree at Cambridge University. I set up this campaign because what I see going on is an insult to drivers around the country, who have trusted their information to the DVLA.
I've watched this industry grow in value to over £100m a year from issuing 'fines' that are very likely to all be illegal. Eight years ago the industry was worth about £20m. It's grown so much because the parking firms are issuing more and more 'fines' each year, in the pursuit of profit and at the expense of you. I aim for three things in this campaign: first to get everyone who has lost money to these firms refunded (and compensated for the harassment they go through); second a declaration that all these extravagant "fines" are illegal; and three to stop the DVLA from selling on our data to these firms in the current way it does. It has not put adequate safeguards in place to prevent abuses of how our information is used by these parking firms. Together, this legal challenge will put an end to the irresponsible parking firms for good.
But I need your help. I have next to no advertising budget – I spend about £5 a day on Facebook and Google ads. So I need you and everyone you know to spread this campaign and make this as loud as possible. This legal challenge will only work if I reach a high enough number of "fines" to challenge in court, so we can hit the 'bad' parking firms back hard and stop the DVLA. It's a team effort, but if we work together, we can pull this off. Our victory will be sweet.
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