Mobile phone offences - 1190/20

Date Responded 05 August 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:

Can you please give me the total number and value of fines given out for using a mobile device at the wheel for the past ten years-2010 – 2020 by month.

In Response:


As per our acknowledgment this request will be aggregated with your previous request on the same subject matter.

The Fees Regulations state that two or more requests to one public authority can be aggregated for the purposes of calculating costs if they are:
· by one person, or by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign;
· for the same or similar information; and
· the subsequent request is received by the public authority within 60 working days of the previous request.
The intention of this provision is to prevent individuals or organisations evading the appropriate limit by dividing a request into smaller parts.

As your previous submission was exempt under Section 12, that automatically follows that this submission would also be exempt for the same reasons ( the subject matter is the same, and therefore they can/will be aggregated due to cost/time constraints.

However I can advise even if that had not been the case that this submission would also have been refused in its own right due to Section 12 constraints.

Approximately 4200 records would need to be located, reviewed and compiled as per your request. This has been assessed as far in excess of 18 hours and has again been assessed as weeks rather than hours, therefore Section 12 is again appropriate.


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