Parking Ticket Data

Neil made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Angus Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request some information relating to the enforcement of parking restrictions, specifically penalty charge notices.

1. I would like to request the raw data set of parking tickets issued in the name of the council within the last five year period broken down by:
date, time, location, narrative of infraction, current status of case, next status of case, transaction details (ie. date, time and method of payments made), officer ID

2. I would also like to request any information to ‘reward’/bonus schemes/contracts in place for your parking enforcement officers. This is envisaged to cover the details of any systems, including (where bonuses are paid) the amount per officer per year, for the last five years.

Regarding part 1. ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street' but if this is not practical then under your section 16 duty to advise and assist I would expect you to contact me to discuss how you record this geospatial data so that I may narrow my request in a way that works for both of us.

As a supplementary, under section 16, I would also ask that you provide some detail about the recording processes of this parking information. E.g. What software is used? What data fields are recorded? What other data sets it links to, etc.

If this information is held by an outside contractor then it is your responsibility under the FOIA to obtain that information.

If it is held by another public body then please can you inform me of this and if possible transfer the request to that public body. My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. For both parts I would like the response to be in the form of a raw text file, tab delimited, with text qualifiers where required.

If you need any clarification of this request or if it is too broad in any way please feel free to email me. If some parts of this request
are more difficult to answer than others please release the answerable material as it is available rather than hold up the entire request for the contested data.

If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Houston

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Dear Mr Houston

Thank you for your information request dated 1 August 2009 (received by
the Council that same day) which has been passed to the Council's Roads
Division for attention.

The Council will respond to your request within 20 working days following
the date of receipt, but we hope to respond to your request at an earlier
date where possible.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please ask for me on 01307
476246 or email [email address]

Yours sincerely

Martin Friedrich

Martin Friedrich
Paralegal
Corporate Services Department
Angus Council
Angus House, Orchardbank
Forfar DD8 1AN
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Dear Mr Houston

Thank you for your information request which has been passed to me for
attention.

In relation to your Question 1, you have asked for the data based on
"street" location. I would note that Angus Council does not enforce on
street car parking, rather this is a matter for the Police utilising
Traffic Wardens/Police Officers. If you wish I can transfer your enquiry
to Tayside Police and I'd be obliged if you could confirm you wish me to
do so.

Angus Council Roads Division enforces car parking within the off street
car parks operated by the Division, all of which are free of charge. I
can provide you with the enforcement information for these off street car
parks that the council documents which is not entirely in the format you
have requested, as the council does not document all the details you have
requested. I would be obliged if you could please confirm that you wish
to receive this information for off street car parking.

Yours sincerely

Ian Cochrane

Senior Service Manager

Roads

Angus Council

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Ian.

Thankyou for your swift response.

Regarding Part1. If the matter is dealt with by the police, I would greatly for you to pass the matter onto them (regarding Street carparking enforcement)

As for the carparks, any data you do have will be greatfully received.

Thanks,
Neil

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Dear Mr Houston

I refer to your information request dated 1 August 2009 (received by the
Council that same day), my colleague's clarification request and your
subsequent clarification dated 3 August 2009. I note that with regard to
Part 1 of your request you would wish us to transfer this to the relevant
public authority for attention and I have forwarded this to the FOI
Officer, Tayside Police, P.O. Box 59, West Bell Street, Dundee DD1 9JU,
[3][email address]

With regard to the remainder of your request the Council will respond
within 20 working days following the date of clarification, but we hope to
respond to your request at an earlier date where possible.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please ask for me on 01307
476246 or email [email address]

Yours sincerely

Martin Friedrich

Martin Friedrich
Paralegal
Corporate Services Department
Angus Council
Angus House, Orchardbank
Forfar DD8 1AN
Tele: 01307 476246
E-mail: [email address]

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I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, received at this office on 4
August 2009, having been transferred by Angus Council. For the avoidance
of doubt, a copy of your request is detailed below:

Q1 I would like to request the raw data set of parking tickets issued in
the name of the council within the last five year period broken down by:

(a) date

(b) time

(c) location

(d) narrative of infraction

(e) current status of case

(f) next status of case

(g) transaction details (ie date, time and method of payments made)

(h) officer ID

Ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street'

Q2 I would also like to request any information to 'reward'/bonus
schemes/contracts in place for your parking enforcement officers. This is
envisaged to cover the details of any systems, including (where bonuses
are paid) the amount per officer per year, for the last five years.

Q3 I would also ask that you provide some detail about the recording
processes of this parking information, eg:

(a) What software is used?

(b) What data fields are recorded?

(c) What other data sets it links to etc?

I would first of all advise you that Tayside Police covers the area of 3
local authorities, namely Angus Council, Dundee City Council, and Perth
and Kinross Council. Parking was decriminalised in Perth from 1 October
2002, and in Dundee from 1 April 2004, and is now the responsibility of
the local councils covering these areas. Therefore you would need to pass
your request to Parkwise Dundee and to Perth and Kinross Parking Services,
at the respective local Councils. Accordingly, Tayside Police holds
information relating to parking tickets issued in the Angus area only.

Furthermore, initial enquiries with our Central Ticket Office regarding
the volume of parking offences in the Angus area during the period 1 April
2004 to 31 March 2009 have highlighted that there are in the region of
8,000 such offences during this period. Given the large amount of data
requested, is there any way you can refine your request to a more
manageable level?

Also, whilst Tayside Police deals with the issuing of parking tickets in
the Angus area, the specific information you have requested in relation to
"transactions" may not be fully retrievable, as the payments of such
tickets is made at the local Courts. It may be the case that I can only
provide you with information stating whether or not a ticket has been
paid, is still live, or has been cancelled. Can you please confirm if
this would suffice? Also, from 9 February 2009, the joint data system
previously in use is no longer in operation, and Tayside Police does not
hold any details regarding transactions made after this date.

I also note in your request you are seeking information for the "last 5
years". In order to process your request efficiently and accurately, can
you please advise me whether you are seeking the above information for the
last 5 calendar years, or the last 5 financial years?

Under the terms of the Act, as clarification is being sought, your request
will not be processed until your reply, including clarification, is
received. Afterwards, we are required to respond to your clarified
request within 20 working days following the receipt of your reply.

Please note, however, that there may be a fee payable for the retrieval,
collation and provision of the information requested. You will be
advised of this should a payment be required and no information will be
supplied prior to receipt of the fee.

If you require any further information or assistance, please do not
hesitate to contact myself on 01382 596169.

Wendy Snedden

Freedom of Information Officer

Force Information & Intelligence Division

Tayside Police

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Wendy,

Thanks for the response, would you be able to pass some of this on to the relevant contacts for the areas/timeperiods they have details for.

I am looking for the last 5 calendar years, though if you report by fiscal year that is easier In general, information from 1 Jan 2004 onwards to now would suffice.

Thanks for confirming what information you are able to provide, by using the 'front end reporting' features of the system you use to record PCN details.

I would just like to clarify - is it possible that the IT/database administrator can produce the selected field extract from the database backend (In my experience, databases often sit on MySQL/MS SQL/Oracle backends - and the IT/database Administrator of the system can often extract out information that the systems 'reporting' options don't allow).

If the size of the data extract is too large for it to be compressed (zipped) and emailed, then I am happy to provide you with FTP details (the IT contact could transfer the files), or to receive the data on a CD/DVD. I understand that to produce some reports in a 'paper' format is not the best for either of us.

Sizewise, the physical number of records will be no issue for me; I cannot narrow down the request anymore than it already is. (That being a limited number of fields, by PCN issued, for the 5 year period).

Obviously if some of the information is not held in the database (perhaps regarding the payment status etc,) then I would not want to trouble you by having someone to review the actual case records (as I understand this would be above and beyond the £450/2.5 day limit)

Thanks,
Neil

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I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, received 10 August 2009.

Your request is now currently being processed by this department and under the terms of this Act, there are 20 working days allowed to respond to you following the date of receipt of your request. Please note, however, that there may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information requested. You will be advised of this should a payment be required and no information will be supplied prior to receipt of the fee.

If you require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact myself on 01382 596657.

Claire Sturrock
Force Records Manager
Force Information and Intelligence Division Tayside Police

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Dear Mr Houston

With reference to your request for information please see the attached
council response and the data attached.

Ian Cochrane

Senior Service Manager

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Angus Council

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Dear Mr Houston

I refer to your request of 7 August 2009 (clarified on 10 August 2009) for
information, copies of which are attached.

I would advise you that, in order to provide you with a full and accurate
response, it will take longer than expected to provide you with the
information requested. However, I will endeavour to provide you with the
information sought as soon as possible.

Please accept my sincere apologies for this delay and I hope this does not
cause you too much inconvenience.

Regards,

Wendy Snedden

Freedom of Information Officer

Force Information & Intelligence Division

Tayside Police

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Dear Mr Houston

I refer to your request, received at this office on 7 August 2009, seeking
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. I also
refer to your subsequent email of 9 August 2009 in which you provided
further clarification.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing you with a response.

Having considered your request in terms of the above Act, I would respond
as follows.

As previously advised, Tayside Police covers the area of 3 local
authorities, namely Angus Council, Dundee City Council, and Perth &
Kinross Council. Parking was decriminalised in Perth from 1 October 2002,
and in Dundee from 1 April 2004, and is now the responsibility of the
local councils covering these areas. Therefore Tayside Police only holds
information relating to parking offences in its Eastern Division which
covers the Angus area. Details regarding where to request parking ticket
data for the Dundee and Perth & Kinross areas were advised to you in my
email of 7 August 2009.

Also, whilst Tayside Police deals with the issuing of parking tickets in
the Angus area, the payments of such tickets is made at the local Courts.
From 9 February 2009, changes in the court processes mean that only
information regarding whether or not a Notice is paid or unpaid is made
available to Tayside Police.

Finally, the information provided covers the period 1 January 2004 to 31
March 2009.

Q1 I would like to request the raw data set of parking tickets issued in
the name of the council within the last five year period broken down by:

(a) date

(b) time

(c) location

(d) narrative of infraction

(e) current status of case

(f) next status of case

(g) transaction details (ie date, time and method of payments made)

(h) officer ID

Ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street'

The information you have requested at points (a)-(e) and (g)-(h) can
be found in the attached document.

In respect of point (f) "next status of case", as each Notice is
dealt with individually, this information is not recorded. Accordingly,
in terms Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
(Notice that Information is not held), I would advise you Tayside Police
does not hold this information. However, it may be of use to you to note
that, unless the offender pays the Fixed Penalty, Notices which remain
unpaid or pending will result in a `Notice to Owner' form being issued to
the last nominated keeper. If the Notice is not responded to and if the
Fixed Penalty is still unpaid, the last nominated keeper will eventually
have a fine (1.5 times the Fixed Penalty amount) registered against them
at the local court in the area where they reside.

I would further advise you that Police forces in the United Kingdom
are routinely required to provide crime statistics to government bodies
and the recording criteria is set nationally. However, the systems used
for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used
locally in capturing the crime data. It should be noted that, for these
reasons, our response to your questions should not be used for comparison
purposes with any other response you may receive from any other Force.

Q2 I would also like to request any information to 'reward'/bonus
schemes/contracts in place for your parking enforcement officers. This is
envisaged to cover the details of any systems, including (where bonuses
are paid) the amount per officer per year, for the last five years.

In terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 (Notice that Information is not held), I would advise you Tayside
Police does not hold this information. Traffic Wardens are not part of
any bonus or other scheme which rewards ticket issuing, nor are they
required to issue a minimum number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for
parking offences.

Q3 I would also ask that you provide some detail about the recording
processes of this parking information, eg:

(a) What software is used?

Fixed Penalty Notice information is recorded on the `Vehicle
Procedures / Fixed Penalty Office' (VP/FPO) System within Tayside. The
VP/FPO System was supplied by Northgate and has been in operation since
November 1999.

(b) What data fields are recorded?

The following data on a Fixed Penalty Notice is recorded -
date / time / offence location / offence code / vehicle registration mark
/ vehicle make and model / issuing officer. Thereafter information
regarding the registered keeper of the vehicle will be obtained / updated
as required.

(c) What other data sets it links to etc?

The VP/FPO System is used to record all Road Traffic Fixed
Penalty information and automatically links vehicle registration marks to
Fixed Penalty Notices.

I trust the enclosed information will be of assistance to you. However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt
with, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a review of the
decision made by the Force. Should you wish to request such review,
please write to me within 40 days of receiving this communication. I will
arrange for a senior officer, who has not been involved in my decision
making process, to conduct a review as required by the Act. If, after
having been informed of the review panel's decision, you are still not
satisfied, you are then entitled to apply to the Scottish Information
Commissioner for a decision. The contact details for Mr Dunion, the
Scottish Information Commissioner are Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16
9DS, telephone 01334 464610.

Wendy Snedden

Freedom of Information Officer

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Tayside Police

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Thanks,

Any chance the spreadsheet could be provided in a speadsheet format? Or Text file etc. (CSV, enquoted)

Thanks,
Neil

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Dear Mr Houston

Further to your email of 19 September 2009, please find attached the data
in Excel format.

Regards,

Wendy Snedden

Freedom of Information Officer

Force Information & Intelligence Division

Tayside Police

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