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Date Responded 10 May 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:

I’m attempting to find figures relating to the amount of money forces are paying to private parking firms, both in fines and for other reasons, such as the release of CCTV footage where requested. If I’m not phrasing my questions correctly, I’d appreciate any guidance that could enable me to clarify further what is being asked. 

In each case, please provide figures separately for each year – 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date and for parking firms including, but not limited to: Parking Eye, Smart Parking Ltd, Excel Parking Services, National Car Parks Ltd, NCP, Parking Collection Services, PCM (UK) Ltd, Parking Control Management, G24 Ltd, Napier, PCN Parking Services, Smart Parking Ltd, UKCPS, UK Parking Control Ltd, UKPC, Vehicle Control Servics Ltd, Vinci Park Services, Premier Parking Solutions, Meteor Parking, BW Legal, Wright Hassall, TPS Parking Solutions, Observices OPC, Britannia Parking, Creative Car Park Management, Civil Enforcement Ltd, YPES, Parking Control Solutions, Ethical Parking Management, P4 Parking, LCP Parking Services Ltd, Parking Control Management UK Ltd, Vehicle Control Solutions, Northern Parking Services (North East) Ltd, Q-Park Ltd, Securitas and any others (who may be listed at www.britishparking.co.uk/BPA-Approved-Operators). Where applicable, please break answers down by each firm. 

1. How many invoices/bills/charges has the force received from private parking firms?

2. What was the total amount of the invoices received for each year?

3. How much has the force paid to private parking firms in each year stipulated?

4. What were the charges for? Please specify whether they were fines or related to other issues, such as the release of CCTV or anything else.

5. How much remains outstanding in charges from each year?

6. How many appeals have been lodged against charges and how many have been successful?

7. How many payment reminders have been received by the force?

8. How many times has the force been contacted by debt recovery firms in relation to charges from private parking firms? 

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 Finance Department of 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.

Financial information is held by financial year. 

Company

£

Financial Year

Reason

Number of Invoices

PARKING EYE LTD

125

2017/18

CCTV/Information  request

2

PARKING EYE LTD

425

2016/17

CCTV/Information request

8

PARKING EYE LTD

801

2015/16

CCTV/Information request

5

We hold no further information. 

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