Disclosure Details

Traffic Offences - 1008/15

Dated: 26 Nov 2015

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 31 October 2015 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:

1. How many requests are received for emergency use NIP dispensations annually by each of the three emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance)?

2. Who makes decisions as to whether such requests are EHCR and policy compliant?

3. What training the decision maker receives to assist this process?

4. What approximate rank or pay grade is the decision maker?

5. How many decision makers there are?

6. If there is an appeals process?

7. Do either of the other Emergency services have devolved ability to dispense NIPs without Police input?

8. Does the system work any differently for internal Police alleged offenders and if so how?

To clarify:

NIPs are Notices of Intended Prosecution. The ones I am interested in are those normally generated by mobile or static enforcement cameras ( such as speed limits or traffic lights). Most forces have a basic assessment followed by the automatic issue of NIPs after which alleged offending emergency drivers  seek to avail themselves of exemption from prosecution afforded by the legislation.

I am interested in these processes.

I would just like a years worth of data and would prefer 2014.

If you have any data on the actual number of Police, Fire or Ambulance personnel prosecuted where the dispensation was not applied for or refused it would be useful.



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 (Department/s Area Command/s)  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1.  62 - 6 x Fire Brigade,  56 x Police

2, 4 & 5. Chief Inspector, Motor Patrols, with Inspector Motor Patrols as deputy.

3.Motor Patrols specialists and trained in road traffic and ECHR legislation.

6. No.

7. No

8. No


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.


You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.


The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest.


The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.





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: www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights/

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. 

Yours sincerely