Date Responded 12 November 2018

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:

  1. What are the standards used by Northumberland Police when deciding when a speed awareness course is appropriate instead of prosecution when somebody has exceeded the 30mph limit?
  2. Is a speed awareness course usually offered at the same time as the Notice of Intended Prosecution is sent out? If not, when is it offered?
  3. Please provide copies of any documentation is respect of where the mobile speed camera van should be positioned on Barrack Road, Newcastle.

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 by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. To be offered a speed awareness course you must meet the criteria

A. Speed must be within the threshold ie 35 – 42mph

B. Have not attended a course in the last 3 years

C. Attend and complete a course within 4 months of the date of offence


2  A course offer, if eligible, is sent once a driver admission has been received and it meets the above criteria.


3  Site 623 Barrack Road, Newcastle – the mobile camera van is usually parked on the hardstand next to Leazes Court Flats.  All camera locations can be viewed on the Safespeedforlife website.

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