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.
Taking the combined total for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 calendar years, which three fixed position camera sites in your area were responsible for
(i) the issuing of the most fixed penalty notices to suspected speeders and
(ii) were activated the most time by speeding vehicles?
Please provide me with the position of each of the three cameras and the number of FPNs issued as a result of it "catching" suspected speeders in that three year period as well as the number of activations logged at that site.
NOTE: Please include average speed cameras for this analysis where the cameras have remained in the same position.
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 by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons. Information regarding fixed penalty notices is not held in a format that allows its extraction within the permitted time constraints. A Fixed Penalty Notice is only issued once the driver has been identified and admitted to such and then in only certain circumstances. To establish this number would mean locating and reviewing each individual notice, and at approximately 1.5 minutes per activation, this would far exceed the permitted time constraints. As we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 18 hours, 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.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
I can advise that the number of activations per camera is readily available on the safespeedforlife website and therefore a response to point 2 can be calculated from information supplied there.
I have provided the link to the site below for your convenience.
We do have an average camera system in operation which is not detailed on the website but the data from it does not fall into the top three