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Monday, August 07, 2006

Crackdown on motor vehicle registration details

We reported last week on the illegal sale of the names of motor vehicle license holders in Florida. Apparently its not the only place where this type of information has been publicly available. New Zealand is looking at changing its law that has permitted public inspection for a small fee, of the register of motor vehicles and some information has been available on the web.

The Transport Safety Minister says there has been widespread abuse of access with over 5.5 million requests last year – NZ’s entire population is just a shade over 4 million. Thanks to pogogwasright for this lead.

In Australia this type of information isn’t available as a matter of routine as the Hobart City Council recently lamented – its having trouble getting access to ownership details of interstate vehicles that cop a parking fine while their owners are holidaying in the apple isle.

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