Date Responded 24 February 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:

I would like information of which laws allow cars to park on a bend on a single lane road that leads to a cul-de-sac and causing visual and physical obstruction. I would like the specific details please. The road meets another road - a junction.

In Response:

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

As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

A response to your queries can be found in the Highway Code. This document is in the public domain and therefore freely available.

In order to assist I can advise that rules 242 and 243 are most relevant to you query however there are other rules within the Highway Code that may be relevant, depending on the specific road/signage/parking restrictions/painted lines etc.

It may be worth noting that the Freedom of Information Act should not be seen as a route of seeking general legal advice from the Police or as a route to “quiz” the Police. The Act was set up in order to allow the public to access recorded information about public authorities (such as the Police).

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