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Accidents Involving Electric Scooters & Penalty Notices Issued - 928/19

Date Responded 21 August 2019

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:

  1. How many reports of accidents involving electric scooters (also referred to as ‘e-scooters’) did Northumbria Police attend in the 2018 calendar year? And the same question for 2019 to date. Please could you provide further information about each logged incident including:
  • The date of the callout/incident (specific date if possible, if not then the month and year)
  • Any basic information on the individual (gender, age, location)
  • If there were any injuries, and if so their nature, the cause (eg. collision with car / bike / a fall etc).

2.How many (if any) penalty notices were issued in the 2018 calendar year and 2019 to date for an e-scooter being ridden on the pavement / road in a public place? For any that were issued, please could you provide any extra information available, for example, date, location, what specific penalty was issued and for what reason.

 

In Response:

  1. The response to this request relates to any incident where the word for 'e-scooter' and 'electric scooter' appears in the first three lines of the incident description.  Records relating to theft, found items or reports of complaints and concern for safety have been removed as they are not relevant to this request.

As with any keyword search, the search will only return exact matches within the incident text. This does not account for differences in terminology and/or spelling used. We are only able to search the first three lines of the incident description.  It is possible that one of the keywords may feature later in the incident description but if so, that incident will not be captured in this dataset.

 

Year

Number

2018

1

2019

1

 

As the numbers are so low we are unable to provide information to the level requested, as to do so may identify an individual therefore Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is engaged.

Section 40(2) of the Act (Personal Information) states that information is exempt information if it relates to personal information about a third party (i.e. someone other than the applicant) and disclosure would contravene any of the Data Protection principles.  The release of personal information to a third party would breach the requirement to process personal data fairly, as laid down by the first Data Protection principle of the Data Protection Act 1998.  Section 40 is an absolute exemption and where information falls within the scope of an absolute exemption, a public authority is not obliged to communicate it to an applicant and is also not obliged to comply with the duty to confirm or deny the existence of the information requested.

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

2. No information held.  There is no specific offence for this therefore no tickets have been issued.

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