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BBC1 Watchdog well worth watching

[27 March 2012] Don’t miss Anne Robinson beating up the DVLA about its sale of drivers’ data to the private parking barons who dominate the British Parking Association. It's on Watchdog, BBC1, Thurs 29 March 8pm.

Given the ineptitude of the official tax-funded watchdogs like the Office of Fair Trading and trading standards departments – who generally turn a blind eye to the millions of phoney fines issued by BPA members – the only hope of getting this scandal into the open is the mass media.

Several newspapers have started running stories about unscrupulous actions by private parking operators, some of which centre on unclear and misleading signs. Here are a few recent links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-17273152

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/x-ray/2012/02/mp-pursues-parking-problems.shtml

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2012/03/26/liverpool-parking-firm-coughs-up-1-000-of-fines-due-for-charity-after-echo-probe-100252-30622383/#ixzz1qEcKkvYm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119990/DVLA-sold-43-000-drivers-names-parking-enforcer.html

The last of these has attracted more than a hundred comments from disgruntled motorists on the Daily Mail online website.

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