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.
I am looking for information on speed limit offences (classification 816) for 2017 and 2018 - with the figures for 2019 to date - for your constabulary.
Specifically, I am seeking a breakdown of the speed travelled at the time of the offence, as well as the speed limit in the area in which the offence took place. This would build on the October 2019 report "Fixed Penalty Notices and other outcomes for motoring offences" which does not contain information on speeds travelled or speed limits where the offence was noted.
Please could you present this information using the following columns:
- Calendar year
- Month of offence
- Police Force Area
- Detection type (camera / non-camera detected)
- The speed travelled at the time of the offence
- The speed limit in the zone the offence took place
- Outcome (retraining, fine, court action etc.)
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, in part, by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
To establish a response specific to your points above for the period 1 January 2019 to 26 November 2019 alone would require approximately 55,113 speeding offences to be located and manually reviewed to establish which met the criteria of your request. Even at a conservative estimate of 10 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 9,185 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.
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.