Information on parking fines

Steve Brett made this Freedom of Information request to Derbyshire Dales District Council

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Dear Derbyshire Dales District Council,

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:
o date
o time
o location
o reason for fine
o current status of case
o next status of case
o transaction details (ie. date, time and method of payments made)
o fine amount
o officer ID

Ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street' or geocoded 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.

2. I would also like to request any information regarding ‘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.

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,

Steve Brett

Bramwell, Emma, Derbyshire Dales District Council

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Horsfield, Phillip, Derbyshire Dales District Council

Dear Mr Brett

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 which has been forwarded to the relevant section.

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is
12th April 2011.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. Please quote reference number FOI/126/11 in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely

Phillip Horsfield

Solicitor

email: [email address]

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Bramwell, Emma, Derbyshire Dales District Council

Sorry Mr Brett the due date 1s 13th May.
Regards Emma

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Emma,

Thanks for your message. The 13th May is fine. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Steve

Yours sincerely,

Steve Brett

postlethwaite, keith, Derbyshire Dales District Council

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Brett,

Please find attached the data set requested under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. The information relates solely to off-street
parking contraventions, where resultant penalty charge notices are
issued in the name of Derbyshire Dales District Council, and dates to
the commencement of Civil Parking Enforcement within the Derbyshire
Dales, on 19th February 2009. All on-street penalties are issued in the
name of Derbyshire County Council.

With regard to item 2, I can advise you that Enforcement Officers are
engaged to provide a set number of enforcement hours under fixed
contract, and do not receive any form of reward or incentive bonus.

With regard to your supplementary question, the recording system used is
software provided by Chipside, which captures all data required by the
Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions General Regulations 2007,
with photographs of the vehicle as supplementary evidence.

I trust the above is of interest and help.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Postlethwaite
Grounds Maintenance & Car Parks Officer
Community Services Department
Town Hall
MATLOCK
DE4 3NN
Direct Line: 01629 761377
Fax: 01629 761165

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Dear Mr Postlethwaite,

Thanks for providing the dataset. I have looked through the data and I wondered if you could give me a list of the codes used in the "Current Stage" field and what they mean. Some are fairly obvious but others are cryptic!

Yours sincerely,

Steve Brett

Dear Mr Postlethwaite,

Another quick question. I have had a chance to look over the data and I have noticed that all of the data relates to car parks and there are no records for parking tickets on the street.

Is this data available?

Yours sincerely,

Steve Brett

postlethwaite, keith, Derbyshire Dales District Council

Dear Mr Brett,

Thank you for your further email, in which you seek clarification on
penalty charge notices which are issued in respect of on-street parking
contraventions.

Those particular penalties, as previously stated, are issued in the name
of Derbyshire County Council, who will be able to provide the data set
you require. My counterpart at the County Council, James Adams, may be
contacted at the following address:

[email address]

I hope the above is of help.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Postlethwaite
Grounds Maintenance & Car Parks Officer
Community Services Department
Town Hall
MATLOCK
DE4 3NN
Direct Line: 01629 761377
Fax: 01629 761165

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reflect those of Derbyshire Dales District Council, unless explicitly
stated otherwise.

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postlethwaite, keith, Derbyshire Dales District Council

Dear Mr Brett,

Thank you for your email requesting clarification on part of the dataset
previously supplied to you.

I have sought clarification from colleagues in our Central Processing
Unit and will get back to you with a detailed response in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Postlethwaite
Grounds Maintenance & Car Parks Officer
Community Services Department
Town Hall
MATLOCK
DE4 3NN
Direct Line: 01629 761377
Fax: 01629 761165

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reflect those of Derbyshire Dales District Council, unless explicitly
stated otherwise.

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Dear Keith,

I was wondering if you have heard back re the codes used in the parking tickets dataset yet?

Yours sincerely,

Steve Brett

Hi,

I know that you have already sent the data for my request but I am still waiting for a description of the codes used. Could you let me know when I can expect this?

Thanks

Steve Brett