Disclosure Details

Driving Offences - 045/13

Dated: 28 Jan 2013

Date of request:      10/01/13

Date of response:   24/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 10 January 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: 

These are questions about speed limit enforcement.

  1. How many people have been referred to AA Drivetech, The TTC Group, Councils, similar organisations or to your own Force for driver training courses as an alternative to paying a conventional fixed penalty or other prosecution for speeding offences by your Force, year on year for the past 10 years or since the inception of the schemes? 

  2. What have been the fees payable to the service providers over the relevant years, if any? 

  3. Has your Force received any payment of any kind or been able to levy a fee in respect of those referrals (if any) either from the motorist or the training provider (please specify), and what has the total payment been for the same period as above, year on year? 

  4. If you do not refer speeding offences for ‘driver training’, why not? 

  5.  What is the total number of speeding offences detected by your Force in the same period year on year?

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 Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Please note, data going back 10 years is no longer  held for most of your request.  Where possible we have given the information for as far back as we are able for each query.  With the above in mind, please see the below.

  1. 2009 - 34,716
    2010 - 29,168
    2011 - 29,809
    2012 - 41,876 

  2. The course fee payable to the service provider in our area was £67 up to 1st Feb, 2009. After that date the fee was £60 up to 31st March, 2011, and there after the fee has been £84.

  3. The service provider has paid a levy to the police of £4 per completion up to the 31st March, 2007. £4.12 from the 1st April, 2007 to the 31st March, 2011 and £35 there after.

    The total payment year on year is as below:-

    2007 - £73,979.84
    2008 - £74530.80
    2009 - 518,443.04
    2010 - 428,655.00
    2011 - 838,105.00
    2012 - £1,300,110.00

  4. Not applicable

  5. 2012 - 73,027
    2011 - 60,604
    2010 - 54,077
    2009 - 61,885
    2008 - 73,414
    2007 - 64,084
    2006 - 76,088

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 crime 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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