DVLA Website STILL Lets People Check Neighbours’ Benefits – Benefits and Work

[Image: ipayroadtax.com]

[Image: ipayroadtax.com]

Here’s an important warning from the Benefits and Work blog:

The DVLA is still letting visitors to its website find out if their neighbours are claiming certain disability benefits, in spite of assuring the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that it is no longer doing so after the ICO held that “releasing this information unnecessarily reveals the personal circumstances of individuals using their vehicle”. The DVLA vehicle check service is now receiving over 1.5 million visitors a month.

At the beginning of July we warned readers that a new vehicle check service on the DVLA website allows visitors to find out whether their neighbours, friends or relatives 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).

We argued that disclosing this information was a breach of the data protection laws. Initially, DVLA denied that this was the case.

However, after multiple complaints to DVLA and the ICO by Benefits and Work readers it seems that DVLA have now quietly made changes to their site. Unfortunately, we have been contacted by several members already to say that the changes have made no difference.

It appears that the tax class category has now been removed from the DVLA look-up service.

But at the top of the screen there is an entry entitled:

Vehicle excise duty rate for the vehicle.

For people in the disabled tax class this, we understand that this states:

12 month rate: £0.00

In other words, it is still possible to work out who’s claiming disability benefits from this website.

Read the rest of the article on the Benefits and Work website.

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  1. Mr.Angry September 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Fortunately as from the 1st October 2014 a vehicle if taxed will no longer have to display the Vehicle tax disc on the screen so that should put an end to this disgraceful sham brought in by this government. Tax discs will be abolished this year and driver’s have a choice to pay the excise duty by direct debit. Hope this helps.

    • Mike Sivier September 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      I thought that was the problem – the new system asks you to input the vehicle’s registration number, so you can input your neighbour’s and find out what they’re paying at the moment. That won’t change when tax discs are abolished!

      • Mr.Angry September 2, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

        Did not realize that Mike, here again nothing surprises me divide and rule that’s their policy.

        I keep checking the u bends in our sanitary units to ensure there are no hidden cameras wouldn’t put anything past this lot.

        You may think me paranoid I’m even suspicious of our resident buzzards which could be drones with camera’s.

        Heaven forbid this lot get in again, Cameron’s renegotiating our deal with Europe means only one thing, human right out the window for ever. Then he can achieve his goal becoming a total dictator and we thought Saddam Hussein was evil.


  2. Guy Ropes September 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Maybe this is more important than issuing driving licences. Submitted mine in late July for replacement; issued (with incorrect dates on it) within 5 days. Despite returning it to them (and a polite verbal reminder), still without licence

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