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.
Since January 1st 2019 to the date of the email received (21 August 2019):
- How many electric scooters have been seized?
- How many people have been issued with warnings for illegally riding electric scooters?
- How many fines have been issued to people for illegally riding electric scooters?
- What is the total amount of money received from these fines?
Could I then have the answers to these four questions broken down by month?
- The vehicle recovery department have confirmed that they have not been involved with any uplifts of electric scooter.
For the remainder of your request, the 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.
There is no specific offence for using electric scooters. Any police intervention may be recorded under other offences, which would mean reviewing each ticket or warning issued for the time period request to establish if any related to electric scooters. This exercise cannot be achieved within the 18 hour time constraint of the Act.