Battle with DVLA

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spanner5511's picture
Joined: 2012-10-03

I recently had to bring a private action in court to get my classic car back after the person who owned the place where it was stored (the landlady), illegally assumed ownership and subsequently sold it.

I won the case and am happy to say that my car has been returned to me.

Now the problem.

As I have owned the car since before computerised records and DVLA existed, the V5  showed only one keeper, me. The landlady applied for a V5C, still in my name, but with a change of address to the place where I lived many years ago. To support this application she sent the original "green log-book" that she took from the car. DVLA in their wisdom looked on the application as genuine, despite the facts: that a previous V5 had been issued and the signature was clearly in a different than the applicant. To compound the problem DVLA even changed the spelling of my surname and while still viewing it as an address change added keeper number 2. They admit that no advisory letter was sent to me, the existing keeper, at the address they had on file.

A few months later the landlady applied for a V5C in her own name. DVLA sent an advisory letter to the existing keeper, sort of me but with a slightly different surname at an address where I did not live and had no contact with or access to. The landlady became keeper number 3. She subsequently sold the car and DVLA registered keeper number 4. I got the car back and became keeper number 5.

During the hearing the judge had the chance to read my lengthy correspondence with DVLA and he was critical of the part they played in the ownership fiasco.

I wrote to DVLA after the court case and asked them to remove all the keeper changes that had occurred because they were in fact inaccurate. They agreed to remove the first one, where they had made a name change error and that had been frauduently applied for, but refused to remove the subsequent ones.

Where do I go from here? The extra keepers effect both the true history and probably to a certain extent the value of the car. DVLA will no doubt deny any responsibility for the loss of the green log-book  even though, had they paid attention to the fraudulent application, they wouldn't have sent it to an address that it didn't belong to.

Any suggestions? Any lawyers on this forum who fancy taking it on?