A14 Cambridgeshire - Collision Investigation Reports 2006-2011

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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The request was refused by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Richard Taylor

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Could you please release all investigation reports into traffic collisions resulting in serious injury or death on the A14 in Cambridgeshire in the last five years.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I think these reports should be routinely pro-actively published.

According to the Highways Agency the reports are already sent to them, the Highway Authority (the County Council) and others including individuals involved and their families. Releasing them should be a straightforward matter.

http://www.highways.gov.uk/business/1604...

Greater public awareness of the causes of the accidents on the road should help those campaigning for improvements to do so from a better informed position.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0267/2011

We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which
was received by Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 9th May 2011.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. You will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of twenty working days as defined by the Act. In some
circumstances, we may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is the
case, you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest
opportunity.

If we require any further clarification regarding this request, you will
be notified.

We would advise you that the nature of certain requests may involve
payment of a fee. If this is the case, you will be notified.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
telephone on 0345 456 456 4 asking for the Information Access Office or
email [Cambridgeshire Constabulary request email]

Regards

David Price
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0267/11

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, received 09/05/11.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
published, and therefore in the public domain without caveat.

Request

Could you please release all investigation reports into traffic collisions
resulting in serious injury or death on the A14 in Cambridgeshire in the
last five years.

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

Response

Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a public
authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the
authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would
exceed the ***appropriate limit***. For Police forces in the UK, the
"appropriate limit" is considered to be up to 18 hours of work on one
request. This information is given in the Freedom of Information (Fees and
Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

It is estimated that it will take a minimum of 32 hours at a cost of **25
an hour to view 131 records for 2006 to 2008 alone, to provide an answer
to this request which is above the 18 hour cost limit.

Under Section 16 duty to advise and assist, you may wish to contact
Cambridgeshire County Council who may hold this information as they
process and store all our collision statistics in a meaningful format.
If you are unhappy with this response, please see the attachment below,
which sets out your rights to appeal.
(See attached file: Complaint Rights May-11.pdf)

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Access Office via email, or on telephone number
0345 456 456 4 extension 8165.

Regards

Donna Milton
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Richard Taylor

Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Many thanks for the response, however I consider it to be unacceptably poor, and I believe the constabulary has not fulfilled its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act. I am therefore requesting an internal review.

The constabulary's response doesn't even make clear if it holds the information I am seeking or not. In addition:

1. No details have been given explaining what searches have been carried out to identify the information I am seeking. 131 records are mentioned but it is not made clear what this number refers to.

2. I think the advice and assistance offered is inadequate and inappropriate. I am aware that as the constabulary has a duty to pass investigation reports onto other public bodies such as the Highways Agency and the Highways Authority (Cambridgeshire County Council) and therefore they may also hold the information I am seeking, however this is not relevant to my request to the constabulary. I note that my request is for incident investigation reports, not statistics.

I note that Regulation 4(3) of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 strictly limits what activities can be taken into account when calculating the cost of complying with a request. The constabulary has not broken down its estimated costs in relation to the specified activities. It is not clear what the 131 records are, or for what purpose viewing them is being contemplated in order to respond to my FOI request.

If following the internal review the constabulary still decides to refuse my request on cost grounds I expect advice and assistance in a form which will enable me to narrow my request down (perhaps in terms of time period, or seriousness of incident) and bring it within the cost limit.

Regards,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear Richard

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0267/2011

We acknowledge receipt of your request for an Internal Review of our
response to you dated 12/05/11.

Your request asked for information about collision investigation reports
for serious or fatal accidents on the A14.

Your appeal will now be considered when the Appeal Panel convenes on
Monday 6th June . You will be notified of the outcome of this appeal in
writing.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
telephone on 0345 456 456 4 asking for the Information Access Office or
email [Cambridgeshire Constabulary request email]

Regards

Donna Milton
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

RE: FOI Request 0267/2011

I was told the panel considering the internal review of this request would meet on Monday 6th June and I would be notified of the outcome.

Could you please update me on the status of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Taylor

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Dear Richard

Please find below a copy of the response letter.

(See attached file: FOI letter Richard.doc)

Many thanks
Donna Milton
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
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Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

RE: FOI Request 0267/2011

I was told the panel considering the internal review of this
request would meet on Monday 6th June and I would be notified of
the outcome.

Could you please update me on the status of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Taylor

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I've cited this request in an article at:

http://rtaylor.co.uk/5154