DVLA keeps eye on parking firms

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EXCEL Parking has been banned from using the DVLA database to send out controversial £60 ‘fines’ - but what’s to stop it channelling requests through its sister company, Vehicle Control Services?

The two firms are based at 2 Europa Court, Sheffield Business Park and both are members of the British Parking Association.

This allows them to obtain drivers’ addresses from the DVLA.

But last week Excel had the privilege removed for three months after the DVLA ruled its signs breached a code of practice.

The company usually makes up to 20,000 requests in that time and the move will cost it thousands.

But for VCS it is business as usual and some fear it could be used to make Excel’s database requests.

A DVLA said this would not be allowed to happen.

“We will audit VCS requests over the next three months and monitor the volume. If we find other requests have been made we can remove VCS as well.”

Many believe private parking tickets are legally unenforceable and an increasing number refuse to pay. Excel has never proved it has won a non-payment case in court.