The complainant has requested information relating to vehicle registration numbers (VRN’s) and the DVLA’s position on whether these constitute personal data. Initially the DVLA refused to treat the requests as valid requests for information under the FOIA. This was later rectified and the DVLA issued a revised response, which complied with its obligations under the FOIA, to the complainant. The Commissioner is satisfied that the DVLA has now responded in accordance with the FOIA and disclosed the recorded information it holds. However, the DVLA breached section 1 and 10 of the FOIA, by failing to treat the requests as valid requests and respond within 20 working days and by failing to disclose information to which the complainant was entitled within 20 working days of receipt. The Commissioner does not require any further action to be taken.
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