Demand powers to pursue fuel thieves
Association (PRA) has revealed “bureaucratic nightmare” they trying to recover their losses.
Despite attempting to track down potential criminals, they are barred access to a DVLA digital database containing names and addresses of motorists.
Now they are demanding they are given the same powers as the car parking industry to search the Swansea department’s online Vehicle Keeper
‘This would allow retailers to recover some of the £100m a year that is lost to fuel theft.’
database, instead of filling in paper forms and waiting weeks for a response. And, DVLA letters seen by The Sunday Telegraph reveal it will not bring the paper-only application process online until “around “2022”.
Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA, which represents 70 per cent of petrol retailers, accused the DVLA of being “antiquated and stuck in the 19th century”.
“If the police say they are too over- stretched to respond to this theft, then the Government should empower victims to pursue thieves through the civil courts,” he said.
“Petrol retailers urgently need electronic access to the DVLA’s Vehicle Keeper database so they can chase fuel thieves.
“This would take pressure off the police and allow retailers to recover some of the estimated £100 million a year that is lost in fuel theft.