Cycle crime statistics

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Edward Guinness

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you provide details on the monthly number of fines issued for cycling on pavements in London for 2008 and 2009, the number of staff hours allocated to issuing cycling fines, and the summary of the locations of the fines.

Yours faithfully,

Edward Guinness

Lou Lander, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Guinness

I work in the MPS Public Access Office (PAO) dealing with Freedom
of Information Act requests. While searching on WhatDoTheyKnow I
noticed that your request has not received an acknowledgement from
us, nor has it been allocated a case number.

I've checked our mailboxes and case management system and there
appears to be no record of your request being received by the PAO
at our usual address. I am unsure how this has occurred, however,
it has obviously caused a delay to the processing of your request.
I apologise for this, and have now logged the request for you. I
have also allocated your request to a case worker who deal with it
as a matter of urgency. I will contact you again with your response
in due course.

Once again, my apologies for the delay in dealing with this
request. If you have any queries, please do contact me either by
email at the PAO, or on telephone number 0207 091 5565.

Yours sincerely

Lou Lander Public Access Office

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Guiness

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009050001274
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 25/03/2009. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "Please could you provide details on the monthly number of fines
issued for cycling on pavements in London for 2008 and 2009, the
number of staff hours allocated to issuing cycling fines, and the
summary of the locations of the fines. "

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Dear Mr Guiness

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009050001274

I am writing in response to your request for information dated 25/03/2009.
As I explained in my previous letter to you, the MPS only became aware of
your request on 06/05/2009, and I apologise again for the delay in
responding to you. I note you seek access to the following information:

** Please could you provide details on the monthly number of fines
issued for cycling on pavements in London for 2008 and 2009, the number of
staff hours allocated to issuing cycling fines, and the summary of the
locations of the fines.
I can confirm that the MPS holds information on the monthly number of
Fixed Penalty Notices issued for cycling on pavements in London for 2008
and 2009. This information is disclosed to you in the attached
spreadsheet.

No information is held regarding the number of staff hours allocated to
issuing cycling FPNs. However, it may be possible to estimate how much
time is spent issuing cycling FPNs by estimating the length of time of the
average on-street exchange to issue the FPN (a reasonable estimate for the
average time could be, for example, between five and ten minutes) and then
multiplying this figure by the total number of FPNs.

The MPS does not hold a summary of the locations of the FPNs. Although
details of each location where FPNs are issued for cycling on pavements
are entered onto a database, it is not possible to sort the information
entered within the location field to enable a summary of the information
to be produced. However, please find attached a list showing the locations
where FPNs for cycling on pavements have been issued for the period 2008
to April 2009. I hope you will find this information useful.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

If you wish to discuss this request, or I can be be of any further
assistance, please email me at [email address] or contact me
on telephone number 0207 0915565, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Louise Lander
Higher Information Manager
In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law. Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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