Hull MP raises Del Grosso conviction concerns in Commons
HULL North MP Diana Johnson has raised in Parliament the case of a former car clamper ticketing motorists again in East Yorkshire.
The Mail revealed yesterday how, despite having a criminal conviction for racially aggravated harassment, Peter Del Grosso could have access to the DVLA database, including the names and addresses of people he fines.
Del Grosso, who is no longer clamping after it was outlawed, became director of a new company, Auto Security Limited, three months ago.
The company is a member of the British Parking Association, which would allow Del Grosso access to DVLA records.
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He narrowly avoided jail in November 2011 for racially abusing a Turkish man.
Ms Johnson previously campaigned with the Mail against rogue clampers, who were charging drivers more than £250 a time to have a clamp removed.
She told the House of Commons yesterday: "Today's Hull Daily Mail reports that Peter Del Grosso, a former rogue wheel clamper with a criminal conviction is now a legally registered parking ticketer.
"Given Labour's warnings in the passage of the Protection of Freedoms Act that this would happen, can we have a debate on the floor of the House on the effectiveness of the coalition's legislation on this issue."
Ms Johnson vowed she will continue to raise the issue to close a "glaring loophole" allowing people like Del Grosso to ticket drivers.
She said: "Many people in Hull would be shocked to see Mr Del Grosso still operating after the ban on wheel-clamping on private land was meant to have seen off rogue operators such as him.
"As I've warned before, by just having the headline-grabbing ban on wheel-clamping on private land, without curbing the wider dodgy practices in parking management, rogue clampers will just become rogue ticketers.
"The Government has also left us with a glaring legal loophole that the worst offenders, including those with criminal records, can set up in the parking enforcement industry under a different company name almost overnight. They can then gain access to motorists' private information at the DVLA.
"I will keep raising this serious issue in Parliament."
The news Del Grosso is back ticketing motorists came to light when one driver received a £60 fine in Beverley from Auto Security Ltd.
The driver said: "How can a company involving someone with a criminal conviction and with his notoriety be a member of the BPA, which has access to drivers' personal details?
"Would you feel comfortable about someone like Peter Del Grosso knowing your name and address?"
Despite repeated attempts, the Mail has been unable to contact Del Grosso.