Disclosure Details

Speed awareness courses - 253/13

Dated: 03 Apr 2013

Date of request:     26/03/2013

Date of response:   03/04/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 26 March 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. The charge you have levied on drivers for attending a speed awareness course (for the past three years, please document changes if that is the case); 

  2. The distribution of the revenue gained from each speed awareness course taken up (Example: Course charge: £80. Breakdown: £20 police, £20 course provider, £20 local council).

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 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.

Please note that this request has been aggregated with your previous request FOI 192/13, due to cost/time limitations under the Acts legislation.
The intention of this is to prevent individuals or organisations evading the appropriate limit by dividing a request into smaller parts.

  1. From the 1st April, 2011 the course fee was and still is £84, previous to that for the three years specified the course fee was £60.

  2. Course charge of £84 - £35 to the Northumbria Safer Road Initiative Partnership, £5 towards upkeep of central database of attendees and £44 retained by service provider.

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 crime 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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