Date Responded 24 December 2021

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. Total number of drivers caught speeding by speed cameras in your area
  2. Number of drivers caught speeding in 30mph zones
  3. Number of drivers caught speeding in 30mph zones, who were driving 33mph or slower
  4. Number of drivers caught speeding in 40mph zones
  5. Number of drivers caught speeding in 40mph zones, who were driving 44mph or slower
  6. Number of drivers caught speeding in 50mph zones
  7. Number of drivers caught speeding in 50mph zones, who were driving 55mph or slower
  8. Number of drivers caught speeding in 60mph zones
  9. Number of drivers caught speeding in 60mph zones, who were driving 66mph or slower
  10. Number of drivers caught speeding in 70mph zones
  11. Number of drivers caught speeding in 70mph zones, who were driving 77mph or slower


After we sought clarity on a number of points you advised:

Please can I have the data for 2021, so January to present (14th December)?

Please include all data (e.g. both static and mobile, both officer identified and camera) if possible

Please share the total number of offences (as opposed to the number of drivers)

In Response:

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.


To provide information which meets the criteria of your request, particularly at questions 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11, would entail a member of staff manually searching over 1,329 records. Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the information at these points alone would take over 66 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.


As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of 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 questions 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.


If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.


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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