The DVLA's controversial practice of selling motorists' personal details to other organisations is being reviewed, the Government has announced.

It follows concern about the breadth of organisations that have access to the DVLA's vehicle register.

The Argus revealed this month how business manager Trevor Fuggle parked for less than ten minutes in a free car park in Polegate which allows a two-and-a-half-

hour stay. The car park management company used DVLA details to fine Mr Fuggle £170.

Mr Fuggle, 53, had the charge cancelled after the firm, Creative Car Park Management (CCPM), admitted it made a mistake.

But the case highlighted the ease with which private companies can gain access to the DVLA database to fine drivers who violate their driving conditions.

CCPM makes its conditions clear to motorists with a sign in the car park.

However, a number of motorists have complained to MP Norman Baker about the high charges and about the DVLA giving out their personal details.

The Lewes MP, whose constituency includes Polegate, told the House of Commons there needed to be tougher regulations governing private parking companies to stop them charging high fines and for the loophole to be closed which allows them to buy data from the DVLA.

He wants charges to be fixed and monitored.

Now Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman has announced a review of the practice.

The move has been welcomed by the RAC Foundation. Its chairman, David Holmes, asked the Government to look at the matter last month.

The foundation has been concerned the release of information to CCTV car park enforcement was allowing cowboy clampers to bypass new rules about clamping on private land.

The DVLA has said it is obliged by law to release driver information to anyone who can demonstrate reasonable cause to have it.

It says it will investigate any claims information it supplied has been misused.