Disclosure Details

Parking Issues - 826/12

Dated: 13 Nov 2012

Date of request:   23/10/2012

Date of response:   08/11/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 23 October 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. I understand that responsibility for issuing fixed penalty notices (parking tickets) recently passed from Northumbria police to Northumberland County Council. Is that correct and, if so, on what date did the change take place?

  2. Does Northumbria police and its officers still have authority to issue parking tickets? Or do only civil enforcement officers do this?

  3. In the twelve months before the change of responsibility took place, how many fixed penalty notices (parking tickets) were issued by Northumbria police in Haltwhistle?

  4. In the twelve months before the change of responsibility took place, on how many days were traffic wardens (now I believe civil enforcement officers) working in Haltwhistle?

  5. How many traffic wardens were working in Haltwhistle on each of these occasions?

  6. In the twelve months before the change of responsibility took place, how many fixed penalty notices (parking tickets) were issued by traffic wardens in Haltwhistle?

  7. Parking on the pavements is rife in Haltwhistle. I understand this is an offence under the highways Act. How many motorists have been prosecuted for obstructing the pavement in Haltwhistle in the last five years?

  8. Does Northumbria police have a policy regarding the safety of pedestrians on the pavement? If so, what is this policy?

  9. I understand there is a police view that some vehicles may be allowed by the police to obstruct, the pavement, in violation of the Highways Act at the discretion of a police officer. Is this the official policy of Northumbria police?

  10. Is there a statutory and legal basis for the police to allow a vehicle to obstruct the pavement in violation of the Highways Act at the discretion of a police officer? If so, what is the relevant statute and section?

  11. For example, does the Highways Act state that the police may allow a vehicle to obstruct the pavement in violation of the Highways Act at the discretion of a police officer?

  12. I enclose a photo of a small metal sign saying "At any time" and measuring about 7" x 3". Are these signs put up by the police and what is the cost of putting up one such sign?  Obviously the cost will vary depending on whether there is an existing vertical support or whether a vertical pole has to be in-stalled to fix the sign to.  I imagine the second scenario would be significantly more expensive than the first.  So please let me know:

    a) The cost of putting up one such sign where a vertical support, such as a street—light, telegraph pole or whatever, is already in place.

    b) The cost of putting up one such sign where the vertical support or metal pole also has to be installed with the sign.

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 Fixed Penalty Unit, Northumberland Area Command and both the Legal and Operations Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. Yes that is correct.  On the 17 April 2012 Northumberland County Council took over parking enforcement from Northumbria Police.

  2. Northumbria Police do not have the authority to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) specifically for parking but can issue tickets for other parking related offences such as obstruction.

  3. A total of 2 FPNs were issued.

  4. No information held, this information is not recorded.

  5. No information held, this information is not recorded.  However, we can advise that there were 2 traffic wardens working from Hexham who covered West Tynedale, which included Haltwhistle.

  6. None.

  7. A total of 10 FPNs have been issued for obstruction in Haltwhistle in the last 5 years.

  8. No.

  9. No.

  10. This question is not valid under the Freedom of Information Act, as you appear to be asking for a Legal opinion.  May we suggest that you conduct your own research into the Highways Act.

  11. As our response to 10 above.

  12. These signs are not put up by Northumbria Police.  Northumberland County Council are responsible for the placement of signs, therefore you may wish to direct this question to them.

Further information, which you may find of interest, is available from the Northumberland County Council website.

 

 

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