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.
Please can you provide me with data regarding the number of warnings, fines and confiscations (respectively) carried out by the police force related to riding e-scooters for each calendar month in 2019. Can you also give me the data from 16th July to 16th August 2019?
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.
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 each year to establish if any related to electric scooters. Nor is there a specific field on recording systems for completion to indicate the confiscation of scooters. A keyword search to identify e-scooters would have to be conducted then a manual review of each log to identify if any mention confiscation. The application of S12(2) is therefore appropriate.