FAQs about making a DVLA data breach claim

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is giving drivers’ names and addresses to private parking companies so that they can issue parking fines. These fines can go up to £100, but they are often invalid or inaccurate, and our legal experts believe this breaks data protection law.

We are running a no-win, no-fee group action to help anyone who has had their data breached by the DVLA to claim compensation. If you received a private parking fine from 2016 to the present day, you could be due thousands of pounds in compensation.

To find out if you are eligible to join our action, here are some of the most frequent questions we have been asked about making a DVLA data breach claim.

What is the DVLA data breach case about?

The DVLA is passing the names and addresses of registered vehicle owners to private parking companies to enable them to issue parking fines. But all too often, it is breaching individual data protection rights by processing data without the proper care and attention. We have launched a DVLA data breach group action to help protect the data rights of those affected.

How would I know if I am affected?

You could have a claim if you received a private parking fine from 2016 to the present day, and any of the following apply:

You could also have a compensation claim if court proceedings were issued against you, despite the PCN having been paid/appealed successfully. Or if court proceedings were sent to the wrong address.

What do I need to join the DVLA group action?

To start a claim, you will need to provide us with evidence that you have been issued with a PCN (e.g. payment of the fine, the original PCN, etc.). We also need the name of the parking company and the location of the private car park where the fine was issued. We will also require evidence to show that the DVLA processed your data incorrectly (we might be able to help you find this evidence).

Are you helping registered vehicle owners across the UK?

We are only able to help registered vehicle users living in England & Wales.

How much compensation could I get?

We cannot say for certain. However, if the DVLA breached your data, you could be due thousands of pounds in compensation.

What will it cost me to make a DVLA data breach claim?

No-win, no-fee means that you will not have to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful. There are no hidden charges or other administration fees.

If your claim is successful, you may have to pay a ‘success fee’ from your compensation. Our success fee is competitive, and we always explain the costs in full before you appoint us as your data breach lawyers.

What personal data does the DVLA hold about me?

The DVLA manages a vast amount of data. This includes drivers’ names, addresses, dates of birth, photographs, entitlements, endorsements, convictions, and relevant medical information. The DVLA also holds information about vehicle registration numbers, identification numbers, makes, models, emissions and tax status.

The DVLA claims that it only passes data to third parties where there are “practical motoring benefits” – this includes private parking companies. However, by processing data without the proper care and attention, and not checking that PCNs are valid and correct, we believe that the DVLA is breaching the data rights of registered vehicle owners across the UK.

What is a group action?

A group action claim is where a group of people – sometimes even thousands of people – are affected by the same issue. Group action cases are also known as class actions, multi-claimant, or multi-party actions. A group action allows people with the same type of claim to bring it together on a collective basis to strengthen their overall position and make a big organisation take the matter seriously. This increases their chances of settlement or success in litigation.

The DVLA has breached my data in another way. Can I still join this action?

If you have been involved in a separate DVLA data breach, contact us to discuss making an individual data breach claim against the DVLA. You can do this even if you also join our group action.

Drivers who have received private parking fines in error could be due thousands of pounds in compensation.

We are helping affected drivers across the UK to claim no-win, no-fee compensation for infringements of data protection legislation. We can help you:

  • Hold the DVLA to account for breaching your rights
  • Stop the unlawful processing of your data
  • Seek compensation for infringements of data protection legislation dating back over six years.


Contact us to discuss the DVLA data privacy violation.

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