A SOUTHAMPTON parking company has been thrown out of a national trade body.

The British Parking Association (BPA) ended the membership of VP Parking Solutions saying the firm had failed to comply with its standards of conduct.

The company will now not be able to make requests to the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) for information held by them about who owns every vehicle on Britain’s roads.

This is often the only way parking companies can identify the owner of vehicles who do not pay charges for parking on private land.

In October last year VP Parking Solutions, which is based in High Street, was suspended for three months from having access to DVLA data for displaying notices that stated that vehicle owners were liable for fines.

In reality, the owner must be given an opportunity to say whether they have sold or hired the vehicle, or whether somebody else was driving it at the time.