Date Responded 28 April 2022

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:

During the 2021 calendar year, how many temporary fixed position speed cameras were withdrawn from service that were positioned at a site where a temporary speed limit had been introduced because of road maintenance?  (This figure should include all those temporary cameras that were installed and removed during 2021 but also those installed prior to 2021 but subsequently removed during 2021.)


For each of the temporary cameras referred to above please state:

a) When was it installed?

b) When was it removed?

c) Where it was positioned?

d) What was the original speed limit on the road?

e) What was the temporary speed limit being enforced for the cameras?

f) In relation to the temporary speed limit (i) what was the total number of violations of the limit that were detected by the system and (ii) and how many notices of intended prosecution were sent to motorists?

g) What was the highest speed or highest average speed recorded at this site and (if known) the make and model of the vehicle involved and the penalty imposed?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within the Fixed Penalty Unit and Operations Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.


I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.


a-d)  A response to these points is accessible by other means therefore I have not provided you with a copy and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for those parts of 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 these parts remains as per our responses to previous requests on this subject (FOI’s 610/20 and 502/21) which are published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log.  However, please note that Highways England is now referred to as National Highways.


e) 40mph


f) ​A19 Testos Roundabout North – 13,368

A19 Testos Roundabout South – 3,522 all sent NIP’s


g) ​A19 Testos Roundabout North – 91mph – Vauxhall Astra – Result unknown, currently in court process

A19 Testos Roundabout south – 84mph – Vauxhall Astra – Court imposed fine and disqualification


Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.  However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes.  The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.  As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.


The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.


If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.


The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

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