Date Responded 23 October 2019

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. Please can you tell me how many drivers have been caught exceeding the limit in the section of average speed cameras set up on the A19 around the work at Testo's Roundabout at Boldon and towards the A1231 in Sunderland?  I believe these were activated towards the end of July so:
  2. Can you confirm what day they were turned on?
  3. Can you tell me how many were caught in each month?
  4. Can you say which direction the vehicles were going in?
  5. Are you able to say what the highest speed recorded has been in each direction and in which section?
  6. Would you be able to say what the lowest breach has been and in which section? Part is 30mph and the other is 40mph - I'm interest in knowing what the threshold is for each.
  7. Can you confirm how many cameras there are and where they are sited? I gather they may be 14 in total, six northbound, six south and two covering the eastern approach on the A84 Newcastle Road.
  8. Can you also confirm they are operational 24 hours a day?

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 Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however will not be disclosed for the following reasons.

To establish a response at points 4, 5 & 6 alone would require 1,315 records to be located and manually reviewed to establish the direction in which the vehicles were travelling, which was the highest speed and the lowest breach and in which section it occurred.  Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take in excess of 43 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.

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 for questions 1, 2, 3 and 8.

Please note that as the information you have requested at point 7 of your request 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.

This information is freely available as it is published and open to public view and can be found on the Safe Speed For Life website, the relevant link is provided below:

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