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.
How Many Taxi and Private Hire drivers have been convicted for driving offences in the years 2018 and 2019. Broken down into those years.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
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.
Information relating to Taxi and Private Hire drivers is not held separately from other information, nor is it held in a way in which it can be extracted from other drivers.
There are in excess of 10,000 Road Traffic related prosecutions in the force area each year. To establish how many related to Taxi and Private Hire drivers, if held, would require each to be manually reviewed. This exercise cannot be achieved within the 18 hour time constraint and in fact has been estimated to exceed 330 hours for each year requested. Section 12 is therefore appropriate.