TfL's ULEZ collection agent investigated for EU GDPR violations

23/10/2023 | The Guardian

Belgian authorities are investigating thousands of fines that were allegedly sent unlawfully to drivers of EU-registered vehicles who violated London's ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) rules. The Belgian Ministry for Transport has ordered an investigation into the alleged violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after motorists received penalty charge notices from a collections agent working for Transport for London (TfL). After Brexit, UK authorities do not have access to the personal data of EU citizens for non-criminal enforcement. Despite this, drivers in several EU countries have received fines, many totalling thousands of pounds, for failing to register their ULEZ-compliant cars with TfL before driving into London. A Belgian court bailiff, acting for TfL's collections agent, Euro Parking Collection, is accused of abusing its legal powers to obtain more than 20,000 registered keeper details and pass them on to Euro Parking for UK enforcement. The Belgian bailiff has had its official access to the vehicle licensing database suspended pending disciplinary proceedings, while Belgian MPs have demanded their government take action to recover the money paid by drivers.

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