Disclosure Details

Speeding - 764/16

Dated: 22 Jul 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 30 June 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. 

You asked:

For the following financial years  2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 to date – can you please tell us:

1. How many fixed speed cameras are in your police force area?

2.How many mobile speed cameras are in your police force area?

3.How many drivers were caught speeding at all fixed speed camera sites?

4.How many drivers were caught speeding at all mobile speed camera sites?

5. How many fines were issued for speeding at all fixed speed camera sites?

6.How many fines were issued for speeding at all mobile speed camera sites?

7.How much revenue was raised from speeding at all fixed speed camera sites?

8. How much revenue was raised from speeding at all mobile speed camera sites?

9.Can we please have the locations of the cameras that caught the most drivers for each of the financial years to date 2016-17,

10. the number of drivers caught and

11. the total income from fines?

12. Can we have the number of active cameras (not just dummy housings) in each area - as at the start (1st April) of each of the following years (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 and 2016-17). 

You then provided clarity as below

1 & 2. How many fixed cameras are in your force's area currently?  If you have data on how many there were at the start of each financial year since 2011 it would be useful, but not if that takes it beyond the cost limit.

3 & 4. Just the totals please, broken down by year, but not by camera.

5-8.  Again, just the totals broken down by year please, not by camera

This is with the exception of the question asking for the camera in your force which has been activated by the most speeding drivers by year.  This is the only question where we would like any specific data for any specific camera. 

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 Operations and Criminal Justice Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed as the information you have requested is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the time limits of the Act. To provide information which meets the criteria of your request, particularly at questions 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11, would entail a member of staff manually reviewing each offence to determine if a conditional offer of a fixed penalty had been issued and to ascertain if the camera site were a fixed or mobile site.  Initial indications are this would involve approximately 70,000 offences for a single year.  Even at a conservative estimate of 1 minute per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 1,100 hours for one year, therefore Section 12 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. 

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits.  However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.

Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill outside of the Act I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded.  I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.

We can advise that camera activation data for all safety camera sites for the period 2011 - 2015 is published on the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative website. We have provided the relevant link below

http://www.safespeedforlife.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NSRI-Safety-Camera-Sites-Camera-Activation-History-2003-to-2015.xlsx

Regarding point 2 of your request we can confirm we deploy 5 mobile camera vans.

In response to point 12 of your request we can advise that the numbers of cameras within calibration on 1st April in the years listed are as follows.

Please note these figures are fluid and the information provided is only for 1st April in each year. The data below includes Gatsometer Speed, Truvelo Speed & RedSpeed cameras.

Year               Cameras

2011               12

2012               18

2013               19

2014               16

2015               14

2016               16

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.