Speeding - 643/16
Dated: 08 Jun 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 25 May 2016 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) What is the most profitable speed camera in Northumbria? (please provide city, street address, and location of camera)
2) What is the value of fines issued by this speed camera every year for the last five years? (Feb 2011 – Feb 2016)
3) On average, how many times a day are people caught speeding by this speed camera?
4) For this speed camera, what is the average speed which people are caught at?
5) In Northumbria, which speed camera catches the most people speeding? (please provide street address and location of camera) Based on data from the year February 2015 - February 2016
6) In the last year, (February 2015 – February 2016) what is the total monetary value of fines issued by speed cameras in Northumbria? (ie: Northumbria speed cameras fined road users £xx in the last year)
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
By 'most profitable' we are taking it that you are referring to the actual income received from a camera and our response reflects that.
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 in part by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed within the time constraints of the Act for the following reasons.
Information regrading points 1 & 2 is not held in a format that allows us to calculate how many fines are paid per camera within the permitted 18 hours. For the time period requested many thousand offences would require manual review to establish which fines related to which camera, and whether they were paid or not. In 2015 over 22,000 speeding offences were recorded by fixed cameras. Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate and extract this information would take over 733 hours for 2015 alone, 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.
As parts of your request would far exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be questions 5 & 6.
If that would be useful you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.
I can advise that no information is held at points 3 & 4. We do not hold 'averages'.
You may also wish to visit the safespeedforlife website which details the number of times each safety camera has been activated by a vehicle from 2003 to 2015
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.