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Number Plate Offences - 819/20

Date Responded 10 June 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:

Please can you provide this information on a monthly basis?

1. How many number plate cloning incidents were recorded within the years 2018 / 2019 / 2020 (Up until March 2020)? Please can you provide this information on a monthly basis?

2. How many mis-spaced number plate offences were recorded within the years 2018 / 2019 / 2020 (Up until March 2020)? Please can you provide this information on a monthly basis?

3. How many reports of stolen number plate offences were recorded within the years 2018 / 2019 / 2020 (Up until March 2020)? Please can you provide this information on a monthly basis?

4. What was the total amount of fines issued from mis-spaced / illegal number plates, within the years 2018 / 2019 / 2020 (Up until March 2020)?

5. What was the total amount of revenue received from offences of mis-spaced / illegal number plates, within the years 2018 / 2019 / 2020 (Up until March 2020)?

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with 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 is not held centrally nor is it held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold. This is particularly relevant at point 2, 4 and 5. All offences for that of ‘keep a motor vehicle when registration mark fails to conform with the regulations’ would need to be manually reviewed to establish which, if any, were for mis-spaced number plate. Initial indications are that there are in excess of 180 such records that would require review. Regarding point 4 A fine is determined from each ticket issued and complied with. We do not hold record of compliance, as such each ticket would have to be manually checked for an outcome, and regarding point 5 again each ticket would have to be checked for compliance. Any that had not complied would be processed for court. The court outcome would then need to be manually checked for the outcome. To establish a response at those points alone has been estimated as exceeding 36 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 parts 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 questions 1 & 3.
If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

 

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