De­mand pow­ers to pur­sue fuel thieves

The Sunday Telegraph - - Crime - The face

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.

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