Disclosure Details

Driving Offences - 142/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 01/02/2012

Date of response: 23/02/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 1 February 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. How many banned drivers have been charged with driving offences whilst still serving their ban?  Please provide figures for 2009, 2010 and 2011?

  2. How many drivers without licences were caught driving in 2009, 2010 and 2011?

  3. How many drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2009, 2010 and 2011?

  4. How many dedicated traffic police were employed by the authority in 2009, 2010 and 2011?

  5. What  was  the  fastest speed recorded by police for a motorist (car or motorcycle)  driving in 2009, 2010, 2011.  Please provide details of the vehicle  (I  am looking for the type of vehicle, so car, van, motorcycle etc.   In  addition,  if you are able to provide details of the make and    model  (e.g Ford Focus 1.6) that would be great), and the speed limit on the road they were travelling on?

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Please note this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 50/12 - Driving Offences, due to cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit, Criminal Justice, HR and Corporate Development Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. The number of banned drivers being charged with driving offences whilst still serving their ban are as follows:-
     2009 - 375
     2010 - 258
     2011 - 247

  2. This is offence recorded under 'driving other than in accordance with a licence'.  The figures provided below will capture other offences of 'driving other than in accordance with a licence' also, such as driving non specified categories of vehicle etc.
     2009 = 1,422
     2010 = 1,087
     2011 = 966

  3. As advised in our earlier response to FOI 50/12 the information you have requested at this point in relation to 2010 and 2011 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 has previously been released in response to a FOI request and is freely from the Northumbria Police website, via our Disclosure Log.  To aid and assist you I have provided the relevant link below:-


    For the 2009 period 2,183 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  The results for this FOI are based on the number of arrests for the following offences:-
     Drive / attempt whilst unfit - drink / drugs (unclear which)
     Drive motor vehicle when alcohol above limit
     In charge of motor vehicle - alcohol level above limit
     Drive / attempt to drive motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink
     In charge on motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink
     In charge of motor vehicle whilst unfit - unclear drink or drugs 

  4. The below is the number of full time equivalent officers and includes Motor Patrols, Collision Investigation and Camera Enforcement Units and are based on the HMIC Category 54 Traffic.  Figures provided are as at 31 March each year:-
     2009 = 162.66
     2010 = 158.66
     2011 = 152.69

  5. The fastest speed recorded and vehicle details are as follows:-
     2009 fastest speed was 116mph in a 70mph limit and the vehicle was a Fiat Coupe
     2010 fastest speed was 118mph in a 70mph limit and the vehicle was a Ford Mondeo
     2011 fastest speed was 128mph in a 60mph limit and the vehicle was a Volvo

    I can confirm that no motorcycles were recorded as the 'fastest' vehicles during the period specified by your request.

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.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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