Disclosure Details

Cyclists - 987/13

Dated: 22 Jan 2014

Date of request:    30/12/2013

Date of response:  22/01/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 30 December  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: 

I wish to know the number of fixed penalty notices issued to cyclists for riding on pavements or going through red lights during 2013, or if you believe this will take too long then please provide the figures just for October.

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 Unit 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.

The information below is supplied in the spirit of the Act and has been provided in this format to avoid exemptions being applied to the whole request. Particularly the exemption outlined in Section 12 of the Act would become fully applicable should the information be broken down further. Please note that this disclosure will be taken into consideration should any further requests be submitted on this subject.

No cyclists were issued with fixed penalty notices for riding on pavements in 2013, however our records show seventy cyclists were stopped by officers for riding on pavements in 2013. Disposals include summons, postal requisitions, advice letters and verbal cautions.

Four cyclists were issued with fixed penalty notices for contravening traffic signals in 2013, though these may not be for contravening a red light.

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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