Dave Wetzel was born in 1942. Wetzel educated at Southall Technical College before studying at Ealing College and earning his degree in Law, Accounts and Economics at the Henry George School of Social Sciences. In the 1960s, Wetzel worked as a bus conductor and official. Later, between 1974 and 1981, he became a political organiser of the London Co-operative Society before he was elected as Labour member for Hammersmith and Fulham on the Greater London Council. Wetzel then served as the Chair of the Transport Committee until 1986.
Proceeding this position, Wetzel also served on Hounslow Borough Council between the years of 1964 to 1968 and 1986 to 1994. Between 1987 and 1991, he served as the leader of the Council before becoming Chair of London Buses between 2000 to 2001 and Vice Chair of Transport for London between 2000 and 2008. Despite standing unsuccessfully for Parliament in Richmond upon Thames, during 1979, Wetzel did serve as president of the West London Peace Council between 1982 and 1994. Still, Wetzel has taken on the role of President of the Labour Land Campaign since 1982. He has now been international speaker for the Transforming Communities Consultancy since 2008 and aside from his political involvements, Wetzel has most notably contributed to the work The Fair Tax.