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.
1. How many uninsured vehicles have been detected by static or mobile ANPR cameras in Northumbria over the last 12 months?
Of the above ANPR ‘hits’, how many resulted in:
2. The vehicle being stopped and dealt with at the roadside by a police car
3. The registered keeper receiving a letter of intended prosecution.
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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The data requested, specifically at point 2 of this submission, is not already held statistically and is not held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour time constraints. In excess of 743,000 hits were recorded on ANPR static and mobile cameras against vehicles showing as uninsured during the last 12 months. Each of those cases would require a manual review to establish which resulted in the vehicle being stopped and dealt with at the roadside by a police car. Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 37,150 hours, therefore Section 12(1) 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.
As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. Therefore, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be question 1 as set out above.
If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.
I can advise that at point 3, we do not use ANPR data to generate Notices of Intended Prosecution for uninsured vehicles. Drivers would be dealt with at the roadside.