Date Responded 11 September 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Regarding the law that was introduced across England and Wales on October 1st 2015 that makes it illegal for people to smoke in a vehicle that has anyone under 18 present, could you please provide me with information about the number of fines which have been made by your police force against those who have flouted this law — divided into the following sections: 

•           2015 from October 1st to the end of the calendar year

•           The entire calendar year of 2016

•           The entire calendar year of 2017

•           The calendar year of 2018 up until the most recent possible opportunity


In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

To note,  these smoking offences where one of several offences being committed at the time so they may not have specifically been fined for this offence as it has been merged in with the other offences as recorded as no separate penalty. 

2015 - 0

2016  - 1

2017 – 2

2018 – 0 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material. 

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