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Here is an extract from an email from the DVLA about this company in response to this message:-


.... Their PCN stated that they would apply to the DVLA for RK data if the ticket was not paid (thereby falsely representing that they were somehow endorsed by the DVLA)


From the DVLA (our red highlight):-

We can confirm that Shoal Enforcement Limited are not permitted to request information from our vehicle record as they are not members of the British Parking Association (BPA).

One of the safeguards the DVLA has in place to protect personal data is that vehicle keeper information is disclosed only to companies that are members of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA) and adhere to its code of practice. The BPA is the approved ATA for the parking industry.

While the DVLA cannot regulate directly the manner in which a parking management company is operated, we have alerted the local Trading Standards Office (City of Westminster) to this company’s misrepresentation.


Mind you, as we have seen from the Parking Eye judgment, BPA membership provides absolutely no protection

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I thought that I had recongnised the name of Shoal Enforcement Ltd !! This is the company where one of their "clampers" was arrested for applying a clamp to an unmarked police car !


Even more comical....the 2 police officers were siting inside !!!


The story is here:





The company Director is Michael Eames and strangely, when checking to see whether Shoal Enforcement Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioners Office you are directed to a page concerning another of his companies: A1 Parking Management Ltd.


The ICO have made clear that a SEPARATE registration MUST be obtained for each company. Therefore, it would seem that Shoal Enforcement Ltd are NOT registered with the ICO and therefore are NOT permitted to access your personal data. For clarification, call the ICO on their helpline.

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Shame really. Westminster will be wasting their time ot will just hand the matter over as Shoal changed its registered office on 19 September to an address in Havant, Hants where they are actually based. However, it might all be a wasted exercise as Companies House have an active proposal to strike Shoal Enforcment Ltd off the register as it seems the company is over two and a half months late in filing its annual return.


For a while Shoal (via one of Eames's other companies - A1 Recovery Ltd) was using the former Wessex Construction yard/workshops on the corner of New Lane and Eastern Road, Havant as their base but as this new reg. office address is in the middle of a series of workshop units is it possible that Shoal et al - and specifically A1 recovery have moved down to Langstone?


Shoal were chased out of the BPA AOS following the Gunwharf Quays clamping fiasco but we should be mindful that Mr Eames has another parking company up his sleeve by the name of Metropolitan Parking Control Ltd. Some 18 months ago or so, Shoal purchased a London-based parking company (can't recall the name and the details - that once appeared on Shoal News page - was removed along time ago) and aside from operating along the south coast did so in south London. One wonders whether that is where he might subtly change his focus to and have a go at renewing membership of the AOS?

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In the case of some companies it certainly has been. I think there is a difference between being suspended and being expelled. To complicate matters the BPA don't tend to make any announcements above expulsions or whatever euphemism they care to use for a PPC's membership being terminated, voluntarily or otherwise.


Besides Shoal there have been others and they simply disappeared into the sunset such as Newline Securities, Parkforce, Parking Control Services etc etc

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