Disclosure Details

Speeding - 310/14

Dated: 25 Feb 2014

Date of request:    02/04/2014

Date of response:  25/04/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 2 april 2014 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: 

The speed limit on the A1 near to the Metrocentre turn-off was recently reduced from 70mph to 50mph. 

Please can I have the following details. 

1. A week by week break-down of the number of people caught speeding since the speed limit was reduced to the present day.

2. How many people in that time were offered the Speed Awareness Course

3. How many people in that time received points on their licence and a fine 

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.
The speed limit on the A1 around the metro centre area was reduced on the 16th Nov, 2010 from 70mph to 50mph.  Deployments by the mobile van units commenced in September last year so the data we have  provided is from that time only. The responses to points 2 and 3 have been provided in percentages as this is the format in which they are held.

1. See below attached

2. 56% of all the offences were finalised by way of attendance at a speed awareness workshop.

3. 32% were finalised by way of acceptance of a fine. Please note, we are unable to report on those cases that proceeded to court.

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.

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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