Charges to Insurance Companies - 936/12
Dated: 08 Jan 2013
Date of request: 27/11/2012
Date of response: 30/11/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 27 November 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.
I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information on charges the force has made to insurance companies for attending traffic accidents.
(For additional explanation, this refers to charges the force has made to the insurance companies of vehicles involved in accidents, in order for the force to recover associated costs of attending the accidents).
Please provide the total amount charged to insurance companies for attending accidents for each of the last three financial years (FY 2009/10, FY 2010/11, FY 2011/12). For each year, also provide a breakdown of all charges stating details such as
a) The date that police attended the accident
b) A brief summary of the accident
c) The total amount the police charged insurance companies for attending
d) A breakdown of the cost claims showing what made up the total billing to the insurance company - e.g. the number of police officers who attended, etc.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
No information held. Police attendance at road traffic incidents is part of a police officers day to day duty, therefore charging for this type of attendance is not a process that would be undertaken by police forces.
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