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Abnormal loads - 541/18

Date Responded 25 June 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:

Please provide the following information, for your jurisdiction, with regard to Police Escorting of Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AIL) as described by The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003.

1.         How many abnormal load notifications were received between April 2016 – April 2017?

2.         How many AIL police escorts were undertaken between April 2016 – April 2017?

3.         What is the total invoiced amount for these escorts?

4.         What is the total amount which remains unpaid for the escorts?

5.         Out of the total amount unpaid how much has been ‘written off’ as bad debt?

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 within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. No information held.  In 2004 Northumbria Police waived the requirement for two clear days notification of abnormal load movement within Northumbria Police area, although notifications are still received from automated systems and those hauliers who are unaware of this policy, no accurate record is kept of these notifications.
  2. Between 1st April 2016 and 31st May 2017 Northumbria Police undertook 160 abnormal load escorts. (N.B. this number does not include escorts booked and subsequently cancelled before they took place, for which depending upon notice the haulier may have been charged.)
  3. The total invoiced amount for Police Escorting of Abnormal Loads in 2016/17 was £217,464.71
  4. The total amount which remains unpaid for the escorts is nil
  5.  N/A
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