Disclosure Details

Mobile phones - 180/15

Dated: 01 Jul 2014

Date of request:      19/02/15

Date of response:    01/03/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 19 Febuary 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: 

  Could you please tell me how many drivers were fined for using a mobile phone (either texting or making a call) while at the wheel?  Can you please give me figures for the last five years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)?

You then amended your request to:

The number of Fixed Penalty Notices and Summons issued for 'use handheld mobile phone whilst driving motor vehicle on road' for each of the last five years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

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 Department  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.

The table below contains the number of Fixed Penalty Notices and Summons issued for 'use handheld mobile phone whilst driving motor vehicle on road', for the period you specified.

  FPN Summons
2010 3060 817
2011 1949 749
2012 1622 643
2013 1585 546
2014 1062 653

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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