Speeding Offences Resolutions & Cancellations - 271/22

Date Responded 25 February 2022

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:

The request relates to speeding offences detected by your force, with a particular interest in how these were resolved and how many were cancelled.

 

My questions are as follows:

  1. How many speeding offences did your force detect in the 2021 calendar year (1 January to 31 December, inclusive)?
  2. Please provide a breakdown of how these offences were detected (i.e. via fixed speed camera, mobile speed camera, police officer with radar gun etc).
  3. Please provide a breakdown of how these offences were resolved (i.e. how many were cancelled, how many resulted in awareness courses, fines/penalty points, court action etc).
  4. For the offences that were cancelled, please provide a breakdown of the reasons why cancellations occurred (i.e. emergency service vehicles on blue light runs, court agreements etc).

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit 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 provide information which meets the criteria of your request, would entail a member of staff manually searching 49,027 records (this provides a response at point 1) to establish a response to points 2 - 4. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as a reasonable minimum, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 4,085 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.

 

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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