Speed cameras - 176/17
Dated: 22 Feb 2017
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 15 February 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. How much much you collected in speeding fines last year?
2. How many speeding fines your five most lucrative fixed Gatso cameras gave out.?
3. Can you please tell me their locations?
4. How many cameras do you have? Can you please break this down into fixed and mobile?
5. What was the change in the number of cameras you had last year? Can you please provide the difference broken down between fixed and mobile.
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 within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The ifnormation requested is not held in a format that allows its retreval within the permitted time constraints.
With regards to point 2, to establish a response to this part we would first have to identify the specific offences that related to those cameras and then look at each of the individual notices to establish if a fine had been given. Each of the top 5 cameras would entail viewing approximately 10,000 activations. This would far exceed the permitted 18 hours for this part alone. As we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 18 hours, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
With regard to points 4 and 5:
This information is freely available via the
safespeedforlife website via the Document Library page
We could supply a response to point 1 by the number of speeding offences detected however this would not include any fines issued by the courts.
If that would be useful you may wish to resubmit your request accordingly.
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.