Electric Scooter Offences - 1034/20

Date Responded 28 July 2020

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:

1. How many people have been fined/cautioned for riding an electric scooter on UK roads for the years; 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and up to June 2020. If possible, please could the response be split into:
a) No. of people fined
b) No. of people cautioned
c) No. of people who received penalty points
d) No. of people disqualified from driving
e) Total number of people fined/cautioned/disqualified

2. How many people have been fined/cautioned for riding an electric scooter on UK roads under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the years; 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and up to June 2020. If possible, please could the response be split into:
a) No. of people fined
b) No. of people cautioned
c) No. of people who received penalty points
d) No. of people disqualified from driving
e) Total number of people fined/cautioned/disqualified

After we sought clarity you advised:
To confirm, we are referring to electric scooters that have recently been legalised for a UK-wide trial: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53219331

In Response:

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.

Currently there are no offences dedicated solely to the use of an electric scooter, and as such any offence would fall under non – specific codes. As these are all non-notifiable offences, any information on cautions etc would come from disposal information, rather than crime information. We are unable to link a disposal to an incident, and as such would not be able to ascertain in any given case whether the vehicle was an electric scooter. We then tried looking at arrests and this brought back in excess of 1000 arrests, each of which would require manual review to establish if any related to electric scooters. This exercise would far exceed the 18 hour time limit. As we are unable to ascertain if any offences relate to electric scooters we are unable to provide any information regarding this submission, for the reasons outlined above, Section 12(2) is appropriate.

 

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