Disclosure Details

Marked Vehicles - 350/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   09/04/2012

Date of response:   24/04/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 April 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: 

Could you provide me a list of all marked vehicles came into police service from 1998 to 2006

So a list of all marked vehicles that where new to the fleet from 1998 to 2006, So for example for 2002 all 02 and 52 plate registration vehicles that where new in 2002. But for every year from 1998 to 2006.

Could they have the vehicles..

  • Registration

  • Make and model

  • What station it was based at

  • It's department

  • Roof code

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Northumbria Police have recently received a number of requests on this subject. Whilst it is not at first apparent that these requestors are acting in concert, it is noted that they have all come in via the same web-site over a short period of time.

Whilst it is the duty to provide advice and assistance where possible, a public authority is not obliged to respond to requests that can be classed as repetitive or vexatious in nature as explained in Section 14 of the Act.

Section 14 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the request is vexatious.

Section 14 (2) Where a public authority has previously complied with a request for information which was made by any person, it is not obliged to comply with a subsequent identical or substantially similar request from that person unless a reasonable interval has elapsed between compliance with the previous request and the making of the current request. It is not in the spirit of the Act to use it as a method to repetitively interrogate police systems for updated data.

Your request is clearly on the same subject as a number of other requests and has little or no value for the public interest. Please note that what interests the public is not necessarily in the public interest. Post legislative scrutiny of the Act has suggested that it may be appropriate to extend Section 14 (1) of the Act to include frivolous requests.

It is suggested by the Information Commissioner  that repeated or substantially similar requests should not be submitted without a significant time period between them. It is suggested that this time period be no shorter than 60 days.

Whilst perhaps not intended to do so, compliance with this request would cause a disruption to departments' day-to-day duties. it is clear that when taken in context with the other requests received on this subject, these requests are manifestly unreasonable and are increasingly obsessive nature.

It would appear that the group of requests received on this subject have come from sources that appear to be fixated on the subject of police car roof codes and it is clear that such disclosure lacks any public value. The Information Commissioner has pointed out that the Act is not meant to be used as a method of continually interrogating police systems.

It has been concluded that this request lacks a serious purpose or value.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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 underour 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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