Disclosure Details

Driver Awareness - 976/12

Dated: 15 Jan 2013

Date of request:      14/12/12

Date of response:   10/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 14 December 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: 

lease provide the number of motorists who have taken up the offer of a driver awareness course in place of a fine, penalty points, or court appearance, for each of the past five calendar years (2008-2012). Please break this down into the types of offence committed and the courses that were taken up.

Please also provide figures for any income received by the force or any partners from the fees paid by motorists attending driver awareness courses for each of the past five calendar years (2008-2012). this would cover any part of the fee that did not go to the course provider

Please provide details of any fees paid to the force or any partners by driver awareness course providers for each of the past five calendar years.

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.

Below are the figures which relate to those that have attended a Driver Improvement Scheme, now named the Driver Alertness Course.
This course is an alternative to court following a minor collision.

Year Number of completions Income Received
2008 1360 £5,605
2009 986 £4,065
2010 360 £5,400
2011 638 £9,630
2012 542 £8,160

The information provided below is for those who have completed a speed awareness workshop. 
This course is an alternative to the fine and points in respect of any speeding offence.

2008 - 18,090
2009 - 32,112
2010 - 28,258
2011 - 28,193
2012 - 37,146

2008 - £74,530.80
2009 - £518,443.04
2010 - £428,655.00
2011 - £838,105.00
2012 - £1,300,110.00

Please note, Driver Alertness generated money comes to the force and Speed Awareness generated money goes  to the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative Partnership.

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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