No. That's too much hassle. You only sign up on the website. We will seek your permission to take a case on your behalf when the time comes.
Two things: first they are passing on drivers' home addresses onto parking firms, despite the UK's biggest parking firms being a massive scam and having a horrendous media profile for abusing consumers. This is not likely to be legal under data protection and privacy laws.
Second, the DVLA might be making money out of this but have suggested that they don't. It is bad to misdirect Parliament and the public in this way. Note the accusation is that the DVLA misdirect, like a magician, rather than outright lie. Take a look here at what happens to the £2.50 they receive for every address they pass on..
Some judges have concluded they are not legal but they did not set precedent. So the current answer, accurately put, is that it is not clear. There will be an appellate court ruling next year which should clarify the issue. There is the separate legal question of whether people are entitled to their money back, if private car parking charges turn out to be illegal. Part of ChallengeTheFine is focused on getting people refunded if these charges (as I believe) are confirmed to be unlawful.
Yes, sort of. We pay the lawyers throughout and cover the costs if we lose. We take 20% of your payout if we win, so its not absolutely free. 20% because going to the High Court is going to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, and a third party needs to be 'incentivised' into footing the entire bill. There are alternative funding models being looked into however: the 20% fee is not entirely set in stone. We will see how things develop.
Because it is unfair that companies may be doing things illegally but know they will never be challenged about it. They exploit ambiguities in the law and use this to benefit them. They do it because it is profitable and are unlikely to be challenged in a real way. There are many other serious issues with this industry: take a look here.
You will only be entitled to compensation for breach of privacy if your privacy has been violated. We will ask for the information we need later on, but for now don't worry about whether you have any evidence.
Then please spread this on!
The action can only take-off if enough people are interested in fighting the DVLA and rogue parking companies. If the challenge becomes entirely stuck in dead-water, then all user data will be eradicated and the campaign will end. We'll email to let you know beforehand.
The Office of Fair Trading shut in April 2014.<
The remaining regulators (to the extent they exist) cannot catch everything. Here's a few reasons why:
Michael holds a Master's (LLM) and Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Cambridge. During his Masters he developed a strong interest in consumer law.
Prior to coming to university, Michael spent 5 years as a computer game developer, creating online games that were played by millions.
He left Cambridge in 2014 with a First-Class Law Degree at both Bachelor's and Master's level.
He began ChallengeTheFine in September 2014, and wants to get peoples' money back from companies that bully car owners into paying car parking charges. He also wants to see proper legal accountability of the government in this area, as the DVLA has compromised it's position and is upsetting many people.
He is interested in how law and technology can work together to create something that is more simple to use and understand.
Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org