Council leader Carl Minns rages at DVLA driver details allegation
ALLEGATIONS that Hull City Council has abused its access to drivers' details has been strenuously denied by its leader.
Councillor Carl Minns is fuming after the local authority appeared on a list of councils banned from accessing the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) database due to misuse of information.
Councils have been given the green light to use DVLA car registration records to track down owners of abandoned vehicles.
But, in breach of the rules, some have been checking up on people suspected of offences that have nothing to do with motoring.
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As a result, several councils have been banned from accessing the database.
According to an article in a national newspaper, Hull was on this list.
But Mr Minns has rebuffed the claims.
He said: "It's absolute nonsense to suggest the council has been using DVLA data to spy on people.
"We only ever use it for detecting owners of abandoned vehicles.
"If we did use it for other persons it would be a very serious matter and the police could get involved.
"It is disappointing to see this in the national press as it's fundamentally not true."
The article follows an audit of 155 of the 432 local authorities allowed to use the database, showing the DVLA's system was accessed 750 times a day in the 2009/10 financial year.
A spokeswoman for the DVLA confirmed Hull City Council is not banned but had been suspended.
She said: "Hull City Council was suspended in September 2009 for two weeks after committing an administration error.
"We carry out audits regularly and found the council hadn't filled out the inquiry and error logs correctly.
"The matter has since been addressed and the council reinstated. There have been no problems since."