Disclosure Details

Vehicle Recoveries - 890/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   12/11/2012

Date of response:   14/11/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 12 November 2012 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. Does Northumbria Police Force receive a referral fee, administration fee or any other kind of remuneration from recovery agents scheme management company when making a non-statutory referral to a recovery company or scheme management company ?

  2. If yes, how much is the fee charged?  Please provide details and estimates if the fee varies.

  3. Does the force receive any non-monetary benefits from recovery companies or scheme management companies for using their services, such as free vehicle storage, services such as SOCO facilities or recovery of police vehicles ?

  4. If yes, please specify all benefits received by the force.

  5. If yes, please give an approximate estimated value of the services for the following dates: 

    a. From 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010? 
    b. From 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011? 
    c. From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012?

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 Finance and Resources Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. The Chief Constable receives the statutory charge as prescribed in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and secondary legislation for all vehicles recovered.

  2. As the information you have requested at this part  is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for this part of your request.

    I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

    Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

    Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

    Detail of such charges are published and freely available via the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2008.  In order to assist I have provided the relevant link below.


  3. Our force pays our contracted garages all of the collected revenue from the recovery charges, in return for providing the recovery services to the force.  This payment includes the provision of an all inclusive recovery service as stipulated in the scheme contract, including storage and examination facilities.  The force pays separately for the recovery of police vehicles.

  4. N/A.

  5. N/A.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

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 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 underour 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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