Eh? I don't get it?
So, if someone commits an offence and then uses their car, local councils aren't allowed to use the registration number to find out who the offender might be? This is a "good thing" why?
For examples :
Out of control dogs menace someone and shit on the path, then jump into vehicle and drive away. That would be a council issue so they aren't allowed to find out who owns the car that the dogs jump into. (Which would be a good starting point for an investigation.)
The next day, the same out of control dogs savage someone, then jump into vehicle and drive away. That would be a police matter and they're allowed to query the DB.
I say : pillory the Sunday Express for acting like a bunch of criminal friendly pillocks.
As well as whoever specified the rules for querying the database.
Seems sensible that any offence committed by someone who could be identified with the aid of number plate searches would generate a legal query.
PS Did anyone else get confused about why the DVLA would want the council to take away their Waste Electrical Equipment? Too many words, too few different TLAs...