Illegal Number Plates FOI Request

Naomi made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police as part of a batch sent to 43 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Northumbria Police,

I would like to request the following data under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. How many drivers have been caught with an illegal number plate in Jan-Dec 2017, Jan-Dec 2018 and Jan-to date 2019.

2. Can you provide me with the number of illegal number plate incidences involving the following brands during the periods Jan-Dec 2017, Jan-Dec 2018 and Jan-to date 2019:

Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Audi, Range Rover, Land Rover, Ford, Kia, Fiat, Mini, Peugeot, Mazda, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Citroen, Suzuki, Skoda, Hyundai, Honda

3. How much is the fine for being caught with an illegal number plate?

Yours faithfully,

Naomi Aharony

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should be provided to you by 25/10/2019 which is in accordance with the legislation.

Yours sincerely

Information Management Unit

www.northumbria.police.uk | www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

1 Atodiad

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

 

Thank you for your email dated 27 September 2019 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:

 

1.     How many drivers have been caught with an illegal number plate in
Jan-Dec 2017, Jan-Dec 2018 and Jan-to date 2019.

 

2.     Can you provide me with the number of illegal number plate
incidences involving the following brands during the periods Jan-Dec 2017,
Jan-Dec 2018 and Jan-to date 2019:

Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Audi, Range Rover, Land Rover, Ford, Kia, Fiat, Mini,
Peugeot, Mazda, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Citroen, Suzuki, Skoda, Hyundai,
Honda

 

3.     How much is the fine for being caught with an illegal number plate?

 

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, however
cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

 

To establish a response at point 2 of you request alone would require
1,087 records to be located and manually reviewed to establish which were
speed cameras, which vehicle makes were specific to your request.  Even at
a conservative estimate of 2-3 minutes per record, which we have
considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this
information would take over between 36 and 54+ hours, 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 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 for
questions 1 and 3.

 

If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request
accordingly.

 

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.

 

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.

 

[1]https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/about...

 

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, attached.

 

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

 

 

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

 

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