Freedom of Information: Prosecutions re DVLA’s D2, D4 and D47 (R010748)
Thank you for your letter dated 1 July 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:
“We are writing to request you provide us with information on prosecutions of Group 2 vehicle licence applicants and licence holders. Specifically our request relates prosecutions arising out of the applicants’ declarations/provision of information, on the DVLA’s D2, D4 and D47 application forms.
Please provide the following information for the period 2005 to date:
1. Is it a criminal offence to supply incorrect information on the D2 or D4 or D47 forms?
2. What is the Statutory (or otherwise) authority for the criminal offence of providing false information on the forms?
3. On how many occasions has your office investigated the crime of provision of false information on the D2, D4 or D47 forms by an applicant?
4. How many prosecutions, successful or otherwise, have there been for the criminal offence of providing false information on the forms?
5. How many successful prosecutions have there been the criminal offence of providing false information on the forms?
6. What is the range of penalties/sanctions for the offence?”
In considering your request, we undertook a search of our electronic case management systems for cases containing any charges under sections 174(1)(a), (b) and (c) and section 92(10) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
We then considered the cases that were returned by this search in order to ascertain if any of them fell within the scope of your request.
Having considered the cases that contained charges under the sections I have mentioned above, I can advise you that in the period specified we have not received any police reports in connection with provision of false information on D2, D4 and D47 forms.
The penalties for these offences are contained within the Road Traffic Offenders 1988 Act.