Disclosure Details

Seized cars - 536/15

Dated: 23 Jun 2015

Date of request:      05/06/15

Date of response:    23/06/15

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

Thank you for your email dated  5 June  2015 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: 

 I am seeking to source information regarding cars seized because they were not insured.  If you are able to supply the information requested below it would be greatly appreciated. 
For the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 to date
1.How many cars did you seize because they were not insured?
2.What was the highest price secured at auction for a single car?
3.How many of these cars were sold at auction?
4.How much money was raised by selling these cars?
5.How many cars were crushed?
6.How much money was raised from the scrap value of these cars?
7.How many of each of the following makes were seized because they were not insured?

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 Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

2013 - 1,654
2014 - 1,732
2015 -  680

2. The figures below show the total proceeds after deduction of Auction fees, recovery and storage costs.
2013 - £4,720
2014 - £4,223
2015 - £2,361

3. The figures below detail all vehicles sold at auction uplifted under S165 RTA - this includes no insurance and no valid licence seizures.  We are unable to separate into insurance only within the time limnits of the Act
2013 - 314
2014 - 255
2015 - 80

4. The figures below show the total proceeds after deduction of Auction fees, recovery and storage costs for all vehicles uplifted under S165 RTA which were sold at auction. S165 RTA  includes no insurance and no valid licence seizures. We are unable to separate into insurance only within the time limnits of the Act
2013 - £27,021
2014 - £43,627
2015 - £12,555

5. None

6. None

7. The following are the number of vehicles seized over the last three years

                  2013  2014  2015
 Porsche       1       1      2
 Ferrari         0       0      0
 Lamborghini  0      0      0
 Bentley        1      0      0
 Audi           40      49     19
 BMW          71      65     30   

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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