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Date Responded 21 December 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:

This request concerns complaints from members of the public relating to driving offences, particularly dangerous driving, careless driving and using a mobile telephone whilst driving. Specifically, could you answer the following questions:

  1. Do you currently accept digital upload of video footage from road users as part of a complaint against driving offences? If you do, could you provide details on how members of the public submit this footage?
  2. If you do not accept digital upload of video footage, do you accept third party footage via other means (CD, DVD, Memory stick etc)? If you do, could you provide details on how members of the public submit this footage?
  3. Could you please provide the number of complaints received in the last 12 months via digital upload, broken down by offence category, if possible?
  4. Could you please provide the outcome of such complaints received in the last 12 months, broken down by offence category, if possible?
  5. Could you please provide the number of complaints received in the last 12 months via means other than digital upload, broken down by offence category, if possible?
  6. Could you please provide the outcome of such complaints received in the last 12 months, broken down by offence category, if possible?

In Response:

  1. Yes, the process has been running since 3rd August 2018. Members of the public can be signposted to https://www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal/ where they can select the relevant force which they wish to report the incident to, in the very near future the following link will be added to the new force external website under the ‘report an incident’ banner https://secureform.nextbase.co.uk/?location=Northumbria

Over 90% of the submissions have been by self-referral and have not contacted Northumbria Police beforehand.

2.We accept footage through the Nextbase portal and this is suitable for all forms of media submission in relation to road traffic offence reports, it is not specific to Nextbase dashcams or merely dash cams alone. Any form of media can be submitted and is supported by the platform. The portal where the footage is stored is limitless, therefore eliminating the need for a member of the public to deliver hard copies to a police station.

3.Since the portal went live at the end of July 2018 there has been 93 submissions to date (27/11/18):

12 have been for mobile phone offences

9 have been clear careless driving offences

9 red light offences

2 dangerous driving offences

20 complaints from cyclists of drivers passing close

3 involved stolen vehicles

20 were not worthy of a prosecution

8 reports were outside of the Northumbria Police force area and reported on wrong force

7 incidents were reported outside of the timescale for service of required documents

3 were speed complaints – these can’t be utilised due to not recording an accurate speed of the offending vehicle which is a requirement for prosecutions

4. 32 of reported offences have been processed through our Fixed Penalty Unit whereby offending drivers have been offered courses or, if they were not eligible, a court summons.

They are as follows:

12 for mobile phone offences

9 for red light offences

9 for careless driving offences

2 for dangerous driving – Cases currently on going

Of the 60 reports not leading to process:

20 drivers had intelligence created on their vehicle and advice given with regards to their driving.

With regards to points 5 and 6 it’s unclear what is meant at these points and accordingly we have assumed that you are referring to reports of crimes from the public.  A response to these parts cannot be extracted within the time constraints.  Each crime report would require manual review to establish which were submitted via means other than digital upload. This in its own right would far exceed the permitted 18 hour threshold which would negate the requirement for us to offer a response to any part of your submission.  To avoid Section 12 being applied we have therefore discounted points 5 and 6 to enable us to offer a response to the remaining questions – points 1 - 4.

 

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