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.
In respect of motorcyclists breaching excessive noise regulations under any applicable legislation please provide the figures for the following in calendar year 2019:-
- number of verbal warnings issued
- number of fixed penalty notices issued
- details of any other enforcement action taken including endorsements, seizures of bikes, custodial sentences etc
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the both the Corporate Development Department and the Fixed Penalty Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested, particularly at points 1 and 3, is not held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.
Verbal warnings are not held in a format that would allow extraction within the time constraints. An initial search under the incident code for ‘motorcycle disorder’ for the year 2019 brought back in excess of 4500 incidents. All of those would require a manual review to establish if any met the criteria of this request at point 1 and then to extract the details outlined in point 3. Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as a reasonable minimum, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 225 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
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be question 2
If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.