Storefront Crashes - 1160/21

Date Responded 14 September 2021

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:

Please can you provide the following:

  1. Total number of storefront crashes between August 1st 2020 - August 1st 2021. For your information, a storefront crash would be defined as a recorded crash or RTC between a vehicle and a commercial property, or a building used for business purposes. The road names or postcodes of the before mentioned storefront crashes during the same time period.
  2. The total number of temporary or permanent barriers put in place to reduce the number storefront crashes and the total cost of these over the last 5 years (August 1st 2016 - August 1st 2021) and whether or not these barriers were PAS 68 or IWA 14 crash tested.
  3. Total planned spend on measures to protect storefronts following the Government’s launch of a public consultation named the ‘Protect Duty’. This consultation considers how legislation might be used to enhance the protection of publicly accessible locations across the UK from terrorist attacks and ensure organisational preparedness.


Whether these measures will be temporary or permanent, and if you are able to answer at this stage if these barriers will be PAS 68 or IWA 14 crash tested.

In Response:

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:

A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

The information requested is not held statistically nor is it held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold. There is no recording field on systems to detail whether an  RTC was between a vehicle and a commercial property, or a building used for business purposes.  Other than a manual review of potentially hundreds of RTCs that had occurred within the time span provided,  which would far exceed the permitted 18 hours,  there is no way we can offer a response to point 1.


I can advise that Northumbria Police would hold no information at point 2 & 3 of this request.  You may wish to direct that part to the Highways Departments at the Local Authorities to see if they can assist.


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