DVLA website lets visitors check on neighbours benefits

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From Benefits and Work:

A new vehicle check service on the DVLA website allows visitors to find out whether their neighbours are receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) or either rate of the mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP).  The system is likely to be in breach of data protection laws and will be of enormous concern to many disabled claimants.

Unhappy member
The issue was brought to our attention yesterday by a very unhappy member who emailed us to say:

“My neighbour was able to tell me that I was on the higher rate of disability living allowance.

“She found out that people on the higher rate of disability living allowance and other similar high rate benefits get free road tax.

“The DVLA vehicle check system has been revamped and is now displaying taxation class as DISABLED on every vehicle where the registered taxation class is disabled.

“ It never used to be like this it was just blank .

“Anyone can put your car registration number into the system and do a vehicle check just like my neighbour did and find out you are on benefits and what type as a result of the taxation class DISABLED being on display

“What is the purpose of this system being open to the public to do a vehicle check on any vehicle they want?

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21 thoughts on “DVLA website lets visitors check on neighbours benefits

  1. jaypot2012

    It’s a disgrace, it’s another way for neighbours and so-called friends to complain about you and say that you are fiddling the system – you get an appt quick smart with the PIP and end up losing everything due to the huge waiting list. Thanks DVLA

      1. Dave

        I complained to my MP and the reply back was that Oliver Morley who is the Chief Executive of the DVLA has said anyone wanting to pursue this can contact him in writing. Address DVLA Longview Road, Morriston, Swansea. SA6 7JL

  2. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    The release of personal information about benefit claimants by the DVLA doesn’t surprise me. This is, of course, a government that believes in less eligibility, and shaming and humiliating those on benefits whenever possible. And it was a Lib Dem lord, who stated that he believed that all benefits claimants should have their benefit details available for public inspection.

  3. Colin morris

    Yes it’s divide and rule by fear Gusman politics of envy it has become a crime now to be disabled it’s evil but the likes of smith encourage it at every opportunity humanity is disappearing it’s becoming a me me regime as long as I don’t get attacked I’m ok sod the rest

  4. matt

    I stand corrected just used this link https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

    and It stated Disabled in Taxation class, also displays when tax runs out and also when mot runs out, This is no body elses business. In fact its dreadful that any member of the public can spy on their neighbours in this way.

  5. Paul

    if i am correct then anyone checking on a vehicles status has to declare they own that vehicle before any information is given ,anyone snooping on their neighbour by using the DVLA site may well be committing perjury ,that apart anyone can view a tax disk anyway

    1. david

      My recollection is that the previous edition of the DVLA website stated the vrm being checked had to be your property. DVLA charged a fee if you wanted details of another person’s vehicle, e.g. after an accidnet and it was a paper-based system.

      Paul – this is not an offence of Perjury. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perjury

      As nothing now says ‘your own vehicle’ it appears one can check at one’s leisure.

  6. Anonymous

    What happened to data protection and confidentiality? This has to be against the law.

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