Fixed penalty fine's and illegal Numberplate's

[Name Removed] (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Essex Police,
Please may we have details of how many fixed penalty fine's have been issued by Essex Police traffic officers,in the following years : 2001-2002 - 2002-2003 - 2003-2004 - 2004-2005- 2005-2006 - 2006-2007 - 2007-2008 - 2008-2009 - 2010-2011 in relation to drivers who have displayed numberplates that were not in accordance with The Road Vehicles(Display of registration Marks)Regulations 2001.
(DVLA Document Ref V796).

We understand that it is an offence to alter,rearrange or
misrepresent letters or numbers in order to form names or words or in such a way that it makes it differcult to read the registration number. The DVLA state " The Police can issue fixed penality fines for illegally displayed numberplates,offenders are liable to a maximum fine of £1000, and in some cases the mark can be removed.
Vehicles with illegally displayed numberplates may be subject to MOT test failure.

To re-cap : We wish to see how Essex Police are coping with this breach of the law.

Yours Respectfully

[Name Removed] [Name Removed]

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days but given the current very high number of requests being
received this may not be possible.

We will reply as soon as possible and please accept our apologies for the
inconvenience any delay may cause.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' :Within Essex dial 101 then ext. 150029
Outside Essex: 0300 333 4444 Ext 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : [email address]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

Please note: 101 is replacing 0300 333 4444 as the way to contact Essex
Police - but always dial 999 if it is an emergency

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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Essex Police.

We note that by law,you(Essex Police)should have responded to our information request by the 24th Feb 2012.

We therefore note that under freedom of information request guidelines,you are now in breach.

Please explain in full,the reason for your un-lawfull delay.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed] [Name Removed]

data foi, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Mr [Name Removed]

Thank you for your email. By my calculations the reply to your request is
due today, having been received on the 30th January.

10 Time for compliance with request

(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a public authority must comply
with section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt.

(2) Where the authority has given a fees notice to the applicant and the
fee is paid in accordance with section 9(2), the working days in the
period beginning with the day on which the fees notice is given to the
applicant and ending with the day on which the fee is received by the
authority are to be disregarded

in calculating for the purposes of subsection (1) the twentieth working
day following the date of receipt.

(3) If, and to the extent that—

(a) section 1(1)(a) would not apply if the condition in section 2(1)(b)
were satisfied, or

(b) section 1(1)(b) would not apply if the condition in section 2(2)(b)
were satisfied, the public authority need not comply with section
1(1)(a) or (b) until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances;
but this subsection does not affect the time by which any notice under
section 17(1) must be given.

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that subsections
(1) and (2) are to have effect as if any reference to the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt were a reference to such other
day, not later than the sixtieth working day following the date of
receipt, as may be specified in, or determined in accordance with, the
regulations.

(5) Regulations under subsection (4) may—

(a) prescribe different days in relation to different cases, and

(b) confer a discretion on the Commissioner.

(6) In this section—

“the date of receipt” means—

(a) the day on which the public authority receives the request for
information, or

(b) if later, the day on which it receives the information referred to
in section 1(3);

“working day” means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas
Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the [1971 c.
80.] Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United
Kingdom.

Having said that I am not yet in a position to reply. As indicated in my
acknowledgement to you we are struggling to deal with the volumes
currently being received and in your case I am sorry but we are going to
be late with our reply.

I am trying to establish if Essex Police hold the information requested
(The Crime Recording System used by Essex Police records the number of
offences in accordance with The Home Office Counting Rules
[1]http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-res...
rather than the detail requested), and if it can be retrieved but I am
waiting for confirmation from elsewhere within the Force before I can
formally reply to you. I have chased again today and will respond formally
as soon as I am able, hopefully later this week.

I am sorry for the inconvenience this delay will cause.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' :Within Essex dial 101 then ext. 150029
Outside Essex: 0300 333 4444 Ext 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : [email address]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

Please note: 101 is replacing 0300 333 4444 as the way to contact Essex
Police - but always dial 999 if it is an emergency

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should
be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information
Officer at the above address.

If you complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the
exemption does not apply.

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

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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Essex Police (Steve Grayton)

First my surname is HATTON not HUTTON.

Thank-you kindly for your recent reply.

I am sorry if there is confusion on the part of requiring a reply within a set time period.

The website we are communicating through "FLAGGED" you up as not having replied within the set and standard time period.

I accept that due to an overload of requests,things have slowed somewhat on your part,however, I don't set the rules on time limits etc.

In regards to the holding of any such traffic violation information, I respectfully request that you view the replies we have already obtained from Kent Police Force, Surrey Police Force, Sussex Police Force, And the Metropolition Police force, who have all, I repeat ALL replied with details of the same request within the set time limit and in full.
I respectfully look forward to your reply on this matter, if at only at first to acknowledge this communication and its contents.

Regards

Mr M [Name Removed]

data foi, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Mr [Name Removed]

Please accept my apologies for the mis-spelling of your name, my error -
sorry.

I have seen the responses provided and, as advised yesterday, will do my
best to respond fully to you.

I am very aware that we are overdue on this reply and will respond as
soon as I can.

Sorry once again for the inconvenience this delay will cause.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department Essex Police Headquarters PO Box
2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA ' :Within Essex dial 101 then ext.
150029 Outside Essex: 0300 333 4444 Ext 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : [email address]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30 Fri 7:30 to 15:00

Please note: 101 is replacing 0300 333 4444 as the way to contact Essex
Police - but always dial 999 if it is an emergency

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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Steve.

We accept your confirmation on this matter.

All the best

[Name Removed] [Name Removed]

Steve Grayton, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Please accept my apologies for the delay in reply but having
completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

Please may we have details of how many fixed penalty fines have been
issued by Essex Police traffic officers, in the following years?

2001-2002

2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2010-2011

in relation to drivers who have displayed numberplates that were not in
accordance  with The Road Vehicles(Display of registration
Marks)Regulations 2001. (DVLA Document Ref V796).

    

We understand that it is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent
letters or numbers in order to form names or words or in such a way that
it makes it difficult to read the registration number.

 

The DVLA state " The Police can issue fixed penalty fines for illegally
displayed numberplates, offenders are liable to a maximum fine of £1000,
and in some cases the mark can be removed.

Vehicles with illegally displayed numberplates may be subject to MOT test
failure.

    

To re-cap : We wish to see how Essex Police are coping with this breach of
the law. 

 

 

Essex Police does not hold the information requested but I am advised that
the Home Office publish data relating to motoring / motor vehicle offences
and the following links may be of use:

[1]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...
the heading motoring offences

[2]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...
the supplementary motoring tables.

Those   published figures do not cover the period of you enquiry but the
latest figures I have found are at:

[3]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...
3g shows vehicle defects  which will include the offence above. 

 

For the purpose of section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), this part of my response serves as a formal notification of
refusal of your request on the basis that the exemption given at section
21 of the FOIA applies (Information accessible by other means) as above.

21 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant
otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)

(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even
though it is accessible only on payment, and

(b) information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the
applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other
person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise
than by making the information available for inspection) to members of
the public on request, whether free of charge or on payment.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority s publication

Section 21 of the Act (Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means)
states that information is exempt information if it is reasonably
accessible to the applicant otherwise than under Section 1 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Section 21 is an absolute exemption and where
information falls within the scope of an absolute exemption, a public
authority is not obliged to communicate it to an applicant and is also not
obliged to comply with the duty to confirm or deny the existence of the
information requested.

 

As these figures are published on an annual basis the exemption at section
22, Information intended for future publication, applies for the later
fugures.

22. Information intended for future publication

(1)Information is exempt information if

(a)the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
(whether determined or not),

(b)the information was already held with a view to such publication at
the time when the request for information was made, and

(c)it is reasonable in all the circumstances that the information should
be withheld from disclosure until the date referred to in paragraph (a).

(2)The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would involve the disclosure of any
information (whether or not already recorded) which falls within
subsection (1).

The factors that favour disclosure are the obvious considerations around
openness, accountability and transparency, although it is quite hard to
make a strong argument for immediate publication where there is an
intention to publish later, as it would require that there was an
immediate and pressing need for the information to be disclosed right now,
as opposed to later, which I do not feel is the case.
 
I hope this is of use, and sorry for the delay in my reply.

 

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' :Within Essex dial 101 then ext. 150029
Outside Essex: 0300 333 4444 Ext 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : [4][email address]
Personal email: [5][email address]
Website: [6]www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

Please note: 101 is replacing 0300 333 4444 as the way to contact Essex
Police - but always dial 999 if it is an emergency

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should
be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information
Officer at the above address.

If you complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the
exemption does not apply.

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

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From: data foi
Sent: 27 February 2012 10:02
To: '[Name Removed] [Name Removed]'
Subject: FW: FOI request our ref. 4049 Illegal Numberplate's [NOT
PROTECTIVELY MARKED]

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Mr [Name Removed]

Thank you for your email. By my calculations the reply to your request is
due today, having been received on the 30th January.

10 Time for compliance with request

(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a public authority must comply
with section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt.

(2) Where the authority has given a fees notice to the applicant and the
fee is paid in accordance with section 9(2), the working days in the
period beginning with the day on which the fees notice is given to the
applicant and ending with the day on which the fee is received by the
authority are to be disregarded

in calculating for the purposes of subsection (1) the twentieth working
day following the date of receipt.

(3) If, and to the extent that

(a) section 1(1)(a) would not apply if the condition in section 2(1)(b)
were satisfied, or

(b) section 1(1)(b) would not apply if the condition in section 2(2)(b)
were satisfied, the public authority need not comply with section
1(1)(a) or (b) until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances;
but this subsection does not affect the time by which any notice under
section 17(1) must be given.

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that subsections
(1) and (2) are to have effect as if any reference to the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt were a reference to such other
day, not later than the sixtieth working day following the date of
receipt, as may be specified in, or determined in accordance with, the
regulations.

(5) Regulations under subsection (4) may

(a) prescribe different days in relation to different cases, and

(b) confer a discretion on the Commissioner.

(6) In this section

the date of receipt means

(a) the day on which the public authority receives the request for
information, or

(b) if later, the day on which it receives the information referred to
in section 1(3);

working day means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas
Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the [1971 c.
80.] Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United
Kingdom.

Having said that I am not yet in a position to reply. As indicated in my
acknowledgement to you we are struggling to deal with the volumes
currently being received and in your case I am sorry but we are going to
be late with our reply.

I am trying to establish if Essex Police hold the information requested
(The Crime Recording System used by Essex Police records the number of
offences in accordance with The Home Office Counting Rules
[7]http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-res...
rather than the detail requested), and if it can be retrieved but I am
waiting for confirmation from elsewhere within the Force before I can
formally reply to you. I have chased again today and will respond formally
as soon as I am able, hopefully later this week.

I am sorry for the inconvenience this delay will cause.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' :Within Essex dial 101 then ext. 150029
Outside Essex: 0300 333 4444 Ext 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : [email address]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

Please note: 101 is replacing 0300 333 4444 as the way to contact Essex
Police - but always dial 999 if it is an emergency

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should
be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Senior Information
Officer at the above address.

If you complaint refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline the reasons why you feel the
exemption does not apply.

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

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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Essex Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Essex Police's handling of my FOI request 'Fixed penalty fine's and illegal Numberplate's'.

As you will note we have requested and obtained comprehensive replies from several other Police Forces who have this important information held.

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

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed] [Name Removed]

data foi, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

I am in receipt of your request for an internal review.  

The request has been passed to Nigel Amos, one of our Senior Information
Officers. 

As you will be aware the Information Commissioner's guidance for internal
reviews held under section 50 of the Act is that they should be completed
within twenty working days of receipt of the complaint, unless exceptional
circumstances arise in which case the authority may extend the deadline by
a further twenty days, this gives a deadline of the 18th April 2012.

We will write again by that date.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
' :Within Essex dial 101 then ext. 150029
Outside Essex: 0300 333 4444 Ext 150029
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : [email address]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
Hours of work : Mon - Thurs 7:30 to 15:30
Fri 7:30 to 15:00

Please note: 101 is replacing 0300 333 4444 as the way to contact Essex
Police - but always dial 999 if it is an emergency

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Nigel Amos, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Dear Mr [Name Removed],

I am writing in response to your request for an internal review concerning Essex Police's handling of your request for historic statistical information concerning the number of fixed penalty notices issued to drivers displaying numberplates not in accordance with The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001, for the period 2001-2011.

Your request was sent on Saturday 28th January, but not received by Essex Police until 30th January, the next available working day. I note that this did not receive a full response from Essex Police until 12th March 2012. However, Steve Grayton did communicate with you on the twentieth working day following receipt (27th January 2012), apologising for the delay and explaining that he was still making enquiries to ascertain whether the information was held by Essex Police.

A full response was provided approximately two weeks later, in which Mr. Grayton responded that the information was not held by Essex Police. Mr. Grayton then provided links to Home Office sites which would contain some data which may be helpful, and added that, in accordance with the exception at Section 21 of the FOI Act, Essex Police were exempt from the duty to provide the information as it was reasonably available elsewhere.

You responded to this on 19th March 2012, requesting an internal review of the handling of the requests and advising that several other forces had been able to provide the information relevant to their policing area.

Firstly, I must apologise for the delay in this review response. This was caused by an unplanned absence from the Force on my part, from which I have only just been able to return. I have looked into this matter and am pleased to report that we can in fact provide some of this information, as it is forms part of datasets compiled for Home Office returns. Unfortunately, the information we hold does not extend back quite as far as 2001, but we can provide more recent years, which would appear to have more relevance to your research.

However, I should make it clear from the outset that this data will be affected by alterations in the way the information was collected and compiled over the years.

During 2004/5 the offence description was Group 13 (Vehicle test Offence) - Registration Mark not Conforming

During 2006 two offence descriptions were used, Group 810 (Vehicle Registration and Excise Licence Offences) - Registration Mark not Conforming, and Group 813 (Vehicle Test Offences) - Registration Mark not Conforming

From 2007 the vehicle test aspect of the offence was removed, leaving the offence description as Group 810 (Vehicle Registration and Excise Licence Offences) - Registration Mark not Conforming.

In general terms, the Home Office code 1485 covers the offence of 'Registration Mark not Conforming', although since 2009, the same offence has been covered by two Home Office Codes, 1485 and 2485. For the recent years, I have combined the results shown under both codes for clarity. The information from the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 originate from manual records. Data for years prior to this is weeded and no longer retained.

Information collected since 2009 is therefore likely to be the most consistent.

2004 = 190
2005 = 287
2006 = 534
2007 = 112
2008 = 1042
2009 = 1025
2010 = 1254
2011 = 239

I have investigated why this information was not previously provided. It appears that the original request was forwarded to the Essex Police Central Ticket Office (CTO) in company with a separate and similar request received around the same time. The CTO were not able to service the other request, although they could provide the information you requested. It appears that the two requests appear to have become confused or conflated into one and the message received in this office was that the information relevant to your request was not held. Clearly this was not the case and on behalf of Essex Police I apologise for any frustration or inconvenience this may have caused you.

Essex Police Freedom of Information team receive between 60 and 80 requests every month and I assure you that such errors are not common. Our staff undertake research for requests by communicating with other departments throughout Essex Police. This is a large organisation which in the current climate is undergoing numerous changes and reductions in resources, and I am sure that you will appreciate that this can make servicing requests more challenging for all staff involved.

I have discussed the issues raised by this error with the relevant staff in order to help ensure that this error is not repeated in future.

In closing, thank you for your interest in Essex Police and I hope that the information I have now been able to provide is of use. Should you remain unsatisfied following this internal review, then you retain the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Amos
Senior Information Officer
Information Management,
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DA Direct dial: 101 ext. 150025

Personal email: [email address]

To find out what is happening in your neighbourhood and all about your local neighbourhood policing team visit www.essex.police.uk

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Nigel Amos,

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Dear Mr [Name Removed],

I am writing in response to your request for an internal review concerning
Essex Police’s handling of your request for historic statistical
information concerning the number of fixed penalty notices issued to
drivers displaying numberplates not in accordance with The Road Vehicles
(Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001, for the period
2001-2011. 

Your request was sent on Saturday 28th January, but not received by Essex
Police until 30th January, the next available working day.  

I note that this did not receive a full response from Essex Police until
12th March 2012.  However, Steve Grayton did communicate with you on the
twentieth working day following receipt (27th January 2012), apologising
for the delay and explaining that he was still making enquiries to
ascertain whether the information was held by Essex Police.

A full response was provided approximately two weeks later, in which Mr.
Grayton responded that the information was not held by Essex Police.  Mr.
Grayton then provided links to Home Office sites which would contain some
data which may be helpful, and added that, in accordance with the
exception at section 22 of the FOI Act, Essex Police were exempt from the
duty to provide the information as it was reasonably available elsewhere.

You responded to this on 19th March 2012, requesting an internal review of
the handling of the requests and advising that several other forces had
been able to provide the information relevant to their policing area.

Firstly, I must apologise for the delay in this review response.  This was
caused by an unplanned absence from the Force on my part, from which I
have only just been able to return.  I have looked into this matter and am
pleased to report that we can in fact provide some of this information, as
it is forms part of datasets compiled for Home Office returns. 
Unfortunately, the information we hold does not extend back quite as far
as 2001, but we can provide more recent years, which would appear to have
more relevance to your research.

However, I should make it clear from the outset that this data will be
affected by alterations in the way the information was collected and
compiled over the years.

During 2004/5 the offence description was Group 13 (Vehicle test Offence)
– Registration Mark not Conforming

During 2006 two offence descriptions were used, Group 810 (Vehicle
Registration and Excise Licence Offences) – Registration Mark not
Conforming, and Group 813 (Vehicle Test Offences) - Registration Mark not
Conforming

From 2007 the vehicle test aspect of the offence was removed, leaving the
offence description as Group 810 (Vehicle Registration and Excise Licence
Offences) – Registration Mark not Conforming.

In general terms, the Home Office code 1485 covers the offence of
‘Registration Mark not Conforming’, although since 2009, the same offence
has been covered by two Home Office Codes, 1485 and 2485.  For the recent
years, I have combined the results shown under both codes for clarity. 
The information from the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 originate from manual
records.  Data for years prior to this is weeded and no longer retained.

Information collected since 2009 is therefore likely to be the most
consistent.

2004    = 190
2005    = 287
2006    = 534
2007  = 112
2008    = 1042
2009    = 1025
2010    = 1254
2011    = 239

I have investigated why this information was not previously provided.  It
appears that the original request was forwarded to the Essex Police
Central Ticket Office (CTO) in company with a separate and similar request
received around the same time.  The CTO were not able to service the other
request, although they could provide the information you requested.  It
appears that the two requests appear to have become confused or conflated
into one and the message received in this office was that the information
relevant to your request was not held.   Clearly this was not the case and
on behalf of Essex Police I apologise for any frustration or inconvenience
this may have caused you.

Essex Police Freedom of Information team receive between 60 and 80
requests every month and I assure you that such errors are not common. 
Our staff undertake research for requests by communicating with other
departments throughout Essex Police.  This is a large organisation which
in the current climate is undergoing numerous changes and reductions in
resources, and I am sure that you will appreciate that this can make
servicing requests more challenging for all staff involved.

I have discussed the issues raised by this error with the relevant staff
in order to help ensure that this error is not repeated in future.

In closing, thank you for your interest in Essex Police and I hope that
the information I have now been able to provide is of use.  Should you
remain unsatisfied following this internal review, then you retain the
right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe
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Yours sincerely,

Nigel Amos
Senior Information Officer

Information Management, Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DA

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Eric Colvin left an annotation ()

Better ways of wording the request.

It's a good request, and I admire [Name Removed]'s courteous persistence which worked finally to get results.

But - with regards to the title - it's a small bugbear of mine that one shouldn't try to pluralise words with apostrophes. Apostrophes represent either contraction - where, for example, two words are conjoined and missing letters (eg. "Shouldn't" for "Should not") - and, more often, they imply possession.

See:
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe
http://www.eng-lang.co.uk/apostrophe_rul...

So the subject heading for this long exchange with the Essex Police ought to read "Fixed Penalty fines and illegal number plates."

Will Steel left an annotation ()

Guys, is this for real? How sad are we? In Italy people do not snitch on the adventurous and the police spend their time on protecting good families and the individual. Life is for living not wasting energy looking inwards, or at each other. This is a very petty law and one that distracts resources from much more important issues. There is not enough band width for this kind of work any longer. The reality is that a growing number of people will not conform to such stupidity and the volume will far exceed police capacity. Moreover, it is easy enough to register a vehicle in another country and avoid the problem altogether. I have done exactly that and it's fantastic! No more tickets :-)
When the authorities become over zealous the people will not stand for it and we all know that the majority will ultimately win. There are only so many prison cells and resources to manage the masses. The masses are bored with being manipulated by the few and by the petty.
Will Steel