Burning Car saw part of the M62 closed in West Yorkshire

The request was partially successful.

John Stephenson

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/...
what was it, a police car or one of yours and what caused it?
Yours faithfully,

John Stephenson

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Highways England vehicle. This is it:
https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/highways...
they can give you the reg' number and you can work out just how much of our money went up in flames.
BBC's got it too
The earlier problems on the M62 came when a Highways England car caught fire while helping stranded vehicles on the M62 eastbound, shutting it at junctions 21 (Milnrow) and 22 (Saddleworth). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-man...

John Stephenson

yes, that's it. Ok, if i can have the VRM and all the costs for recovery and repair, then i'll ask for it.

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The cause

 

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DU63 KSJ

 

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DU63KSJ
Land Rover Discovery Gs Sdv6 Auto
Engine Size 2993 cc
First Registered 30 Sep 2013
Former Keepers 0 (Current keeper has held the vehicle from first registration)
Body Estate
Colour Silver
Fuel Heavy Oil
Approx. Valuation
New £38,825
Forecourt £22,700
Private Sale £20,830
this will be affected by the mileage – which is understandably high 26 September 2017 MoT 177,414 miles – an increase of about 50,000 on the preceding year.

it is possibly of concern that a Highways Vehicle would fail an MoT for an inability to clean the windscreen properly – was the vehicle driven to the test centre 09/2017:

• Reason(s) for failure
• Nearside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (8.2.2)
• Nearside Front Lower Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated resulting in excessive movement Rear bush. (2.4.G.2)

It is also noted that whilst the above was attended to enable a MoT pass, it does not appear the advisory notices were addressed as they appear on the fail and pass:

• Offside Front Lower Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement Rear bush. (2.4.G.2)
• Nearside Front headlamp assembly feels slightly loose.

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It has been mentioned that the vehicle was possibly towing something. If so, was the vehicle up to the job and the driver qualified to do so?

You can expect to see a sizeable repair bill for the tarmac.

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Dear Beaumont, Julie,
Thank you. What are the costs and will you let me know when they will be available?
Yours sincerely,
John Stephenson

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the response does not appear appropriate. You can expect to be provided costs and records relating to the cause. It may be the case that costs are not available yet. But how was the road repaired - resurfaced? If so, if the road is back to normal, why would the information be unavailable? At what cost to the public purse was this incident and what gave rise to the loss?
I have referred to your request here:
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John Stephenson

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Highways England Company Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Burning Car saw part of the M62 closed in West Yorkshire'.

You have not given the information.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

John Stephenson

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Dear Broughton, Ben,

Is the data available yet?

Yours sincerely,

John Stephenson

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Good morning Mr Stephenson,

Your reply was forwarded to:

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On 07/06/18 as per the instructions on your email.

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Dear Broughton, Ben,

Where have you sent the information?

Yours sincerely,

John Stephenson

Dear Broughton, Ben,

Where is the information?

Yours sincerely,

John Stephenson

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

The response to your request is long overdue. You can say that, by law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

Internal review request

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John Stephenson

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Dear Mr Stephenson

 

Following the internal review of your request dated 1 March 2018 and your
further email of 12 September, I am writing to confirm that we have
completed our search for the information you requested about the traffic
officer vehicle on fire on the M62.

 

A copy of the information is below:

 

The cause

 

The traffic officers had been rescuing and towing vehicles in extreme
weather conditions which ultimately had a cumulative effect on the
transmission unit and clutch pack leading to overheating of the
transmission oil which ignited causing the traffic officer vehicle to
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Dear Beaumont, Julie,

What were they towing at the time or had they been immediately before. It sis reported this was an HGV?

When will the cost for recovery and repair be available and why is it not now?

Yours sincerely,

John Stephenson

Beaumont, Julie, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Stephenson

Thank you for your email of 12 October following my response about the traffic office vehicle fire on the M62

The traffic officer vehicle was towing a HGV just before it caught fire.

As advised in my email of 1 October the amount of compensation has not been agreed with the lease company and the cost of recovery and repair has not been finalised, I am not able to say when this information will be available.

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Dear Beaumont, Julie,

What HGV was the traffic vehicle towing just before it caught fire?
Why was it towing an HGV?
What are your rules for towing?
Was the HGV too heavy for the traffic vehicle?
When are the costs expected?

Yours sincerely,

John Stephenson

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Dear Mr Stephenson

 

Thank you for your request for information about a Traffic Officer Vehicle
Fire dated 23^rd October 2018. I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We aim to issue a response no later than 20^th November if for any reason
this changes we will advise you accordingly in advance.

 

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Dear Mr Stephenson

 

Thank you for your request for information about a Traffic Officer Vehicle
Fire dated 23^rd October 2018. I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We aim to issue a response no later than 20^th November if for any reason
this changes we will advise you accordingly in advance.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact our team.
Apologises I did not provide the appropriate reference number 766,841
please quote this in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Andrea Bartlett

FOI Administrator | IT Directorate

Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW

 

 

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Beaumont, Julie, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Stephenson

 

Thank you for your request for information about the traffic officer
vehicle fire on the M62 dated 23 October I am dealing with it under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The due date for issuing a response is 20 November 2018.

 

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Beaumont, Julie, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Stephenson

 

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the
information, which you requested on 23 October 2018.

 

A copy of the information is below:

 

 1. What HGV was the traffic vehicle towing just before it caught fire?

 

A road tanker.

 

 2. Why was it towing an HGV?

 

The Traffic Officers role is to clear the carriageway, the vehicle was
being moved to the hard shoulder after breaking down.

 

 3. What are your rules for towing?

Vehicles broken down or damaged in live lanes, including those broken down
in the places listed below, are only to be towed to the nearest place of
relative safety:

            a.  Lane Below Signal 1 (LBS1) open to running traffic;

            b.  Where causing obstruction or danger; or

            c.  Likely to cause danger to other road users

            Where this cannot be achieved the vehicle will be subject to
statutory removal:

 

 4. Was the HGV too heavy for the traffic vehicle?

 

A load cell indicator and towing strap were used. The load cell indicator
did not reach15.8 KN which is the point the clearance would have been
abandoned   When the load cell was recovered from the traffic officer
vehicle the reading displayed on the device was 14.7 KN.

 

 5. When are the costs expected?

 

An amount of £13,995 has been paid to the lease provider in respect of the
written off vehicle. The cost of recovery and repair have not yet been
finalised, I would not expect this information to be known for at least 6
months.

 

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you may ask
for an internal review within 2 months of the date of this response for
Freedom of Information requests and within 40 days for Environmental
Information Regulations requests.      

Our internal review process is available at:
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If you require a print copy, please phone the Information Line on 0300 123
5000; or e-mail [2][Highways England request email]. You should contact me if
you wish to complain.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

            Information Commissioner’s Office

            Wycliffe House

            Water Lane

            Wilmslow

            Cheshire

            SK9 5AF

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote reference number 766841 in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Julie Beaumont

Divisional Management Team – Operations Directorate
Highways England | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD
Tel: +44 (300) 4705127
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Dear Beaumont, Julie,

Thank you for the detail.

Yours sincerely,

John Stephenson

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