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.
For the calendar year 2019 and the financial year 2019/2020:
- Could you provide the statistics on hit and run road traffic accidents ?
- How many of these incidents were reported to your force?
- What was the legal outcome?
- Were there any injuries?
- What vehicles were involved?
- What were the top ten roads these accidents were mostly reported?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with various departments within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police in part however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information request is not held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.
Recording of traffic incidents are not broken down by incident type, ie ‘hit and run’ they are grouped under “transport” & as such this would require a manual search of each transport incident to see which met the criteria of this request. Each year there are approximately 50,000 incidents recorded as transport related. Each of those would require manual review to establish which were recorded as hit and runs as per point 1 of this submission. Even at a conservative estimate of 4 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate, extract and compile information at point 1 alone would take over 3333 hours, therefore Section 12(1) 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. Further time would then be needed to provide a response to the remaining questions.
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.