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.
May I request details or data relating to the Average Speed Cameras installed on the sections of the A1058 Coast Road between the Bllly Mill Junction and Silverlink Junction.
1) Since the installation of the Average Speed Cameras on the above section of road, up to the end of December 2017, how many offenders have been issued with a Notice to Owner or Penalty Notice for exceeding the temporary 30mph speed limit on; a) Eastbound Carriageway and b) Westbound Carriageway?
2) Where excessive speed has been identified that does not allow the offence to be dealt with by way of a Penalty Notice, how many separate prosecutions have taken place.
3) What margin of error (if any) is permitted before a Notice to Owner or Penalty Notice is issued.
4) Since installation of the Average Speed Cameras on these sections of carriageway, what has been the highest Average Speed recorded for any vehicle travelling East, and likewise for any vehicle travelling West.
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 Fixed Penalty Unit 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.
To note Notice to Owners are for non endorsable FPN’s and not speed related offences.
We cannot provide the number of offenders within the permitted time constraints (an individual may have activated speed cameras on more than one occasion). The response to point 1 is therefore the number of speed camera activations processed by the Fixed Penalty Unit.
- Since the installation there have been 2,530 offences processed at the Fixed Penalty Unit for vehicles travelling eastbound and for Westbound traffic 647.
- 34 offences have been identified that cannot be dealt with by the Fixed Penalty system due to the speed. Once a driver is identified these are dealt with by the Magistrates court
- Northumbria follow the National Police Chiefs’ Council guidelines with regards to speed thresholds.
- For travelling East the highest speed recorded has been 74mph and for travelling west the highest speed was 79mph