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.
- During the 2018 and 2019 calendar years, how many temporary fixed position speed cameras were withdrawn from service that were positioned at a site where a temporary speed limit had been introduced because of road maintenance?
(This figure should include all those temporary cameras that were installed and removed during 2018 and 2019 but also those installed prior to the end of 2018 but subsequently removed during 2018 or 2019.)
2.For each of the temporary cameras referred to above please state:
a) When was it installed?
b) When was it removed?
c) Where it was positioned?
d) What was the original speed limit on the road?
e) What was the temporary speed limit being enforced for the cameras?
f) In relation to the temporary speed limit (i) what was the total number of violations of the limit that were detected by the system and (ii) and how many notices of intended prosecution were sent to motorists?
g) What was the highest speed or highest average speed recorded at this site and (if known) the make and model of the vehicle involved and the penalty imposed?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the Camera Enforcement and Fixed Penalty Units of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1, 2 a), b), c) d) No information held. Northumbria Police do not install temporary fixed position speed cameras and therefore we would not know how many or the exact date when any cameras were installed, withdrawn from service, where it was positioned nor the original speed limit on the road. We would suggest that you forward those parts of your request to Highways England and the Local Authorities in our force area who are Northumberland County Council, Sunderland City Council, Newcastle Council, Gateshead Council, North Tyneside and South Tyneside Councils, as they may arrange to have temporary fixed position speed cameras, which are usually average camera systems, installed at a specific location to protect the workforce and may hold this information.
- e), f) & g) we hold the following information:
A1 Western Bypass, Gateshead. (Highways England road). Not active in 2018 or 2019
A19 Silverlink, North Shields. (Highways England road). Speed limit reduced to 30mph
2018 – A19 North a total of 1,007 offences - highest speed recorded 68mph
2018 – A19 South total of 1,999 offences - highest speed recorded 79mph
2019 – A19 North total of 111 offences - highest speed recorded 49mph
2019 – A19 South a total of 245 offences - highest speed recorded 61mph
A1058 Coast Road, North Tyneside. (North Tyneside Council road). Speed limit reduced to 30mph
2018 – A1058 West a total of 1,019 offences - highest speed recorded 78mph
2018 – A1058 East a total of 949 offences - highest speed recorded 101mph
2019 – A1058 West a total of 284 offences - highest speed recorded 65mph
2019 – A1058 East a total of 48 offences - highest speed recorded 49mph
A19 Testos and A184 Newcastle Road. (Highways England and Gateshead or South Tyneside Council roads). Reduced to 40mph speed limit
2019 – A19 Testos Northbound a total of 3,104 offences - highest speed recorded 85mph
2019 – A19 Testos Southbound a total of 2,205 offences - highest speed recorded 84mph
All of the above offences were issued with Notice of Intended Prosecution for all sites. Unable to comment on outcome of highest speed.