Disclosure Details

RTC - 453/13

Dated: 24 Jun 2013

Date of request:      07/06/2013

Date of response:   24/06/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 7 June 2013 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 of your vehicles were destroyed (by destroyed I mean damaged beyond economic repair) in each of the last two financial years (2011/12 and 2012/13) following any kind of road traffic accident?  

  2. What was the total cost of this damage to your service because of the accidents referred to in Q.1? If you were insured, and suffered no direct cost other than through your insurance premiums, please provide me with a figure of the total value of those vehicles when written off. 

  3. In the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 financial years how many claims of compensation were paid to members of the public who were injured in a collision involving one of your vehicles and what was the total amount of the compensation?  Please note that members of the public could be a passenger in your vehicle, a pedestrian or the driver/passenger in another vehicle.  The question relates to the date the claim was paid in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 irrespective of when the accident took place or when the claim was made.

In response:

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

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fleet Management and Legal Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. Year No Of Write Offs  Value of Vehicles Written Off
    2011/12 11 £51,600
    2012/13 7 £36,700
  2. As above

  3. Within the financial year 2011/12 - There were 11 claims of compensation paid to members of the public who were injured in a collision involving one of Northumbria Police's vehicles. - Total compensation paid was £61,346.13

    Within the financial year 2012/13 - There were no claims of compensation paid to members of the public who were injured in a collision involving one of Northumbria Police's vehicles.  Therefore no compensation was made.

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.

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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