If you have an unpaid car park fine, the DVLA may have sold your details to a private company, new research has shown.
Between the months of April and June, the DVLA is alleged to have sold 1.74 million vehicle keeper records.
This is an increase over the same period last year.
The information is sold by the DVLA for some £2.50 a vehicle, generating around £1.5million in revenue a month.
MPs warned last night that “bully boy” private car firms use this information to subsequently hound innocent motorists.
Tory MP Sir Greg Knight has tabled a Bill in the Commons to crackdown on the self-regulated parking industry.
He said: ”These figures are concerning.
“It is highly unlikely there has been a massive increase in bad parking.
“Instead bully-boy parking firms are hounding innocent motorists and milking them for money. We need to put rogue firms out of business.
“There are many private parking companies who are playing fair.
“But others are clearly making a killing out of pursuing and persecuting motorists who have done nothing wrong.’
Parking firms are using the information obtained to collect fines of up to £100 from drivers.
ParkingEye, which is owned by outsourcing firm Capita, obtained 570,000 vehicle records in the three-month period, followed by Smart Parking with 125,000 and Euro Car Parks who collected 118,000.
The data suggests that fine is issued every four and a half seconds.
RAC Foundation has suggested that the industry is out of control and warned that the details of around seven million vehicles could be sold during the financial year.
Some drivers have complained that they are being targeted at hospitals or for being just a few minutes late or not being unable to buy a ticket.
MP Greg Knight also warned of a practice called ‘ghost tax’ which is a process of where a ward takes a picture of the car and takes a photo, before removing the ticket so the driver is unaware they were given one.
The firms then wait 14 days before hitting the driver with the increased fine of up to £100.
Fellow Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “My concern is that some of these firms use the fines they levy as part of their business model.
“This gives them a strong incentive to levy fines unjustly and aggressively. We would not need a new law if DVLA was more willing to strike off companies suspected of behaving badly.”
A ParkingEye spokesman said to the Daily Mail: “We operate with clear, standard and proportionate procedures which follow the British Parking Association’s code of practice.
“We encourage people who have received a parking charge to appeal if they think they should not have received a charge.”