Speeding - 653/16
Dated: 06 Jun 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 27 May 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. In total how many people have been caught speeding on the A1 Western bypass in Gateshead since speed cameras were introduced between Coal House roundabout and Blaydon in March 2015.
2. How many people an hour have been caught speeding on the A1 Western bypass in Gateshead since speed cameras were introduced in March 2015?
3. How many people a minute have been caught speeding on the A1 Western bypass in Gateshead since speed cameras were introduced between Coal House roundabout and Blaydon in March 2015?
4. How much money has been made from fines since speed cameras were introduced between Coal House roundabout and Blaydon on the A1 Western bypass in Gateshead in March 2015?
5. Where does the money made from speeding fines go?
6. What is the money made from speeding fines spent on?
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 in part by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not held in an easily retrievable format, particularly with regards to point 4. For the time period requested their have been 5517 recorded offences at that location. That figure answers part one of your request. Each offence would require manual review to establish how many offences were finalised by way of payment. Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate and extract this information would take over 183 hours, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so for that part of your request.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill outside of the Act I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
2&3. No information held, this information is not held statistically. However from the total given a point 1 you can calculate the figures at these points yourself.
5. The Treasury
6. No information held. You may wish to direct that part of your request to The Treasury to see if they can assist
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.