Newly installed Speed Cameras M4 Motorway Junctions 1 to 4 Eastbound and Westbound

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Towards the end of March 2017 multiple yellow Average Speed Cameras have been installed along the M4 motorway between Junction 1 and Junction 4 in both directions passing between Chiswick, Ealing, Brentford, Heston, Hayes & Harlington. They are even on the flyover mounted on top of the road signs central of the flyover at different points.

Though I've mentioned the locations. Could you re-confirm the locations of the average speed cameras both on the eastbound and westbound Motorway in the area of J1-J4 M4 Motorway.

Could you confirm that these are in fact average speed cameras?

-Are these cameras live?
-If yes when did they go live?
-If no when will they go live?
-I would like the go live date confirmed.

-Are the camera in sets of 3 or 4?
-Are they in pairs?
-How many sets are there? ( Do they measure speed at point A and point B or do they measure between point A, B and C)
-If you are unable to answer the specifics please tell me who manages the cameras?
-What is the distance between the cameras?
-Are the camera's calibrated?
-Do the average speed camera's each have a calibration certificate?
-To better understand the cameras and how they work, what is the model / make / description?

-Are these camera permanent?
-If no, when will they be removed?

-Why have they been installed?
-What is the purpose of the cameras?
-Why have they been installed?
-Where else might the public be able to read about these newly installed cameras?

- Are you able to reveal the cost for the installation of these new cameras?
- Are you able to reveal how often they will be maintained and the costs of maintenance?
- Has there been a forecast of the revenue these cameras might earn through the issuing of speed tickets?

I do appreciate the work that goes into answering these FOI requests. Many online forums are discussing these cameras but till now there are no answers that I've seen. Your answers would be appreciated by many of us regular commuters who use the M4 and I'm sure by persons living in and around London

Yours faithfully,
Alexander Knight

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Knight

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000185

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/04/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Towards the end of March 2017 multiple yellow Average Speed Cameras
have been installed along the M4 motorway between Junction 1 and
Junction 4 in both directions passing between Chiswick, Ealing,
Brentford, Heston, Hayes & Harlington. They are even on the flyover
mounted on top of the road signs central of the flyover at different
points. Though I've mentioned the locations. Could you re-confirm the
locations of the average speed cameras both on the eastbound and
westbound Motorway in the area of J1-J4 M4 Motorway. Could you confirm
that these are in fact average speed cameras? -Are these cameras live?
-If yes when did they go live? -If no when will they go live? -I would
like the go live date confirmed. -Are the camera in sets of 3 or 4?
-Are they in pairs? -How many sets are there? ( Do they measure speed
at point A and point B or do they measure between point A, B and C)
-If you are unable to answer the specifics please tell me who manages
the cameras? -What is the distance between the cameras? -Are the
camera's calibrated? -Do the average speed camera's each have a
calibration certificate? -To better understand the cameras and how
they work, what is the model / make / description? -Are these camera
permanent? -If no, when will they be removed? -Why have they been
installed? -What is the purpose of the cameras? -Why have they been
installed? -Where else might the public be able to read about these
newly installed cameras? - Are you able to reveal the cost for the
installation of these new cameras? - Are you able to reveal how often
they will be maintained and the costs of maintenance? - Has there been
a forecast of the revenue these cameras might earn through the issuing
of speed tickets? I do appreciate the work that goes into answering
these FOI requests. Many online forums are discussing these cameras
but till now there are no answers that I've seen. Your answers would
be appreciated by many of us regular commuters who use the M4 and I'm
sure by persons living in and around London

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

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Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Knight

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000185

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/04/2017.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Towards the end of March 2017 multiple yellow Average Speed Cameras have
been installed along the M4 motorway between Junction 1 and Junction 4 in
both directions passing between Chiswick, Ealing, Brentford, Heston, Hayes
& Harlington. They are even on the flyover mounted on top of the road
signs central of the flyover at different points. Though I've mentioned
the locations. Could you re-confirm the locations of the average speed
cameras both on the eastbound and westbound Motorway in the area of J1-J4
M4 Motorway. Could you confirm that these are in fact average speed
cameras? -Are these cameras live? -If yes when did they go live? -If no
when will they go live? -I would like the go live date confirmed. -Are the
camera in sets of 3 or 4? -Are they in pairs? -How many sets are there? (
Do they measure speed at point A and point B or do they measure between
point A, B and C) -If you are unable to answer the specifics please tell
me who manages the cameras? -What is the distance between the cameras?
-Are the camera's calibrated? -Do the average speed camera's each have a
calibration certificate? -To better understand the cameras and how they
work, what is the model / make / description? -Are these camera permanent?
-If no, when will they be removed? -Why have they been installed? -What is
the purpose of the cameras? -Why have they been installed? -Where else
might the public be able to read about these newly installed cameras? -
Are you able to reveal the cost for the installation of these new cameras?
- Are you able to reveal how often they will be maintained and the costs
of maintenance? - Has there been a forecast of the revenue these cameras
might earn through the issuing of speed tickets? I do appreciate the work
that goes into answering these FOI requests. Many online forums are
discussing these cameras but till now there are no answers that I've seen.
Your answers would be appreciated by many of us regular commuters who use
the M4 and I'm sure by persons living in and around London .

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within the MPS - Traffic Criminal Justice Unit.  The searches failed to
locate information relevant to your request, therefore, the information
you have requested is not held by the MPS.

Transport for London has responsibility for the installation of average
speed cameras, therefore they are best placed to provide you with a
response to your request. I have provided a link below to their Freedom of
Information department: I have also provided a link to TFL information
concerning safety enforcement cameras:

https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transparenc...

https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-...

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
at [email address], quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager
 
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

As you say TFL may have responsibility for the newly installed cameras. Elements of my equiry will go to them.

Are the Metropolitan Police Service responsible for issuing speeding fines / speeding tickets for these newly installed cameras?

Have the Metropolitan Police service issued any fines since 1st April 2017 for speeding within this new average speed check zone on the M4 motorway London between Junction 1-4 westbound and eastbound?

Will the Metropolitan Police Service be responsible for issuing speeding fines / speeding tickets for these cameras?

If you will be responsible for issuing speeding tickets, when will you begin enforcing the average speed check zones on the M4 motorway London between Junction 1-4 westbound and eastbound?

Yours faithfully,
Alex Knight

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Alex Knight

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000708

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 20/04/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"2017040000185 - As you say TFL may have responsibility for the newly
installed cameras. Elements of my equiry will go to them.
Are the Metropolitan Police Service responsible for issuing speeding fines
/ speeding tickets for these newly installed cameras?  

Have the Metropolitan Police service issued any fines since 1st April 2017
for speeding within this new average speed check zone on the M4 motorway
London between Junction 1-4 westbound and eastbound?

Will the Metropolitan Police Service be responsible for issuing speeding
fines / speeding tickets for these cameras?

If you will be responsible for issuing speeding tickets, when will you
begin enforcing the average speed check zones  on the M4 motorway London
between Junction 1-4 westbound and eastbound?"

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address], quoting the reference number above. Should your
enquiry relate to the logging or allocations process we will be able to
assist you directly and where your enquiry relates to other matters (such
as the status of the request) we will be able to pass on a message and/or
advise you of the relevant contact details.

Yours sincerely

S Bhaskaran
Customer Services Administration Team
 
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the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

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complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

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a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

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please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please may I have an update on my information request

Yours faithfully,

Alex Knight

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Alex,

Our records show that the 20 working day deadline for this request is in fact not until 19 May 2017.

However, I have cc'd the Information Manager responsible for your request into this email and she will provide a further update if she is unable to reach this deadline for any reason.

Kind regards,

S. Stroud | Freedom of Information | Information & Insight | Strategy & Governance | MetHQ |
Metropolitan Police Service
Address - Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London SW6 1SF

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Alex Knight

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000708

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 20/04/2017. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"2017040000185 - As you say TFL may have responsibility for the newly
installed cameras. Elements of my enquiry will go to them.
1. Are the Metropolitan Police Service responsible for issuing speeding
fines / speeding tickets for these newly installed cameras?  
2. Have the Metropolitan Police service issued any fines since 1st April
2017 for speeding within this new average speed check zone on the M4
motorway London between Junction 1-4 westbound and eastbound?
3. Will the Metropolitan Police Service be responsible for issuing
speeding fines / speeding tickets for these cameras?
4. If you will be responsible for issuing speeding tickets, when will you
begin enforcing the average speed check zones on the M4 motorway London
between Junction 1-4 westbound and eastbound? "

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
by the Traffic Prosecutions Unit. The searches located information
relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose some of the requested information.
Questions 2 and 4 have been withheld as this information is exempt from
disclosure by virtue of Section 31(1)(a)(b) - Law Enforcement and Section
38(1)(a)(b) - Health and Safety of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). This response serves as a Partial Refusal Notice under Section
17 of the Act. Please see the legal annex for the exemptions that have
been applied in respect of your request.

REASONS FOR DECISION

Questions 2 and 4

Section 31(1) - Law Enforcement and Section 38(1) - Health and Safety

Site specific offence data and deployment information is withheld from
disclosure by virtue of the Section 31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement and the
Section 38(1)(a)(b) Health and Safety exemptions.
Section 31(1) of the Act provides an exemption from disclosure of
information which would, or would be likely to, prejudice law enforcement
functions, namely Section 31(1)(a) the prevention and detection of crimes
and Section 31(1)(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.  
Section 38(1)(a)(b) of the Act provides an exemption from disclosure of
information which would, or would be likely to, endanger the physical or
mental health of any individual, or endanger the safety of an individual.
 

As these exemptions are prejudice based and qualified I am required to
provide you with evidence of harm in releasing the information and conduct
a Public Interest Test in order to demonstrate our assessment as to
whether or not it is in the public interest to disclose the requested
information in full.

Public Interest Test
Evidence of Harm

Disclosing site specific information relating to detections and
enforcement will impact upon operational policing. Members of the public
will be able to second guess the likelihood of being caught at a specific
site as this information may suggest that cameras are non-operational at
specific times and/or may provide an indication as to how active a camera
is at a particular site. It would also provide members of the public with
an operational advantage over speed enforcement strategies which would
render these strategies obsolete.

Section 31 has been engaged because the MPS does not want members of the
public to second-guess the likelihood of being caught at any specific site
as this information may give rise to motorists taking a chance to speed at
this particular site if it is believed that the likelihood of the camera
being operational is low. This would in turn have an impact on the safety
of pedestrians and other road users at large.

The release of this type of information would encourage further similar
requests which would lead to drivers being able to deduce by a process of
elimination those locations where the risk of being caught is more or less
likely. This would reduce the ability of safety camera technology to
impact on road safety. The disclosure of the requested information would
make it possible for an unscrupulous driver to estimate, or think they
could estimate, likely future enforcement patterns and adjust their
driving behaviour accordingly by a similar analysis of this type of camera
specific information. This cumulative effect of this type of intelligence
gathering is known as the 'mosaic effect' in which 'the resulting mosaic
of information is worth more than the sum of its parts'.

Public Interest considerations favouring disclosure

When information disclosed relates directly to the efficiency and
effectiveness of the force, the safety of cameras, or its officers then it
is generally of benefit to the community to release the information. In
this case, to provide information relating to detections that have been
caught at a specific site would provide the community with detailed
information making them aware that the MPS is tackling the issue of road
safety through prosecuting motorists that break the law by speeding and
enable the public to monitor the effectiveness of cameras as a deterrent.
Where release of information would contribute to the quality and accuracy
of public debate, it could be favoured to disclose information. In this
case, the awareness of site specific deployment of speed enforcement
cameras and detections may assist in more informed and accurate public
debate.
There may be occasions when it is appropriate to disclose information that
would have an impact on public safety. In this case, individuals could
benefit from having knowledge of the operation and activity of safety
cameras to ensure that they adhere to speed restrictions within the area,
as well as increase awareness of areas in which cameras are routinely
deployed which would help them gain an awareness of road safety issues.

Public Interest considerations favouring non-disclosure
Where the current or future law enforcement of the force may be
compromised by the release of information, the force will opt not to
disclose. In this case, for the reasons outlined in the evidenced harm,
the effectiveness of current and future speed enforcement strategies to
combat road safety issues may be compromised by the full disclosure of the
requested information.

Information released under the Act is released into the public domain, not
just to the individual requesting the information. While individual
requests for site specific speed camera data may pose no threat to the
prevention or detection of crime or to public safety, it is possible that
subsequent requests of a similar nature could enable camera deployment and
enforcement patterns to be detected or predicted. In these circumstances
the information requested may enable individuals to draw conclusions about
the likelihood of being caught by cameras at certain sites. This could
potentially lead to individuals making decisions about when it is and when
it is not safe to speed.

The presence of a camera serves as a deterrent for speeding, the aim is to
compel motorists to comply with speed limits. Thus any information that
might suggest how often it is or is not active could furnish the public
with operationally sensitive information. If drivers are able to establish
if they can avoid being detected speeding at a particular site, this will
undermine police enforcement of the established speed limit. Disclosure
would therefore hinder law enforcement. Disclosing the requested
information would enable the public to establish if speed is being
enforced at this site and therefore, if excessive speed is likely to
result in a fine. This could encourage illegal motoring behaviour thereby
increasing the likelihood of accidents. In turn, this behaviour would also
require an increased police presence in this area which would place an
unnecessary strain on resources. Safety cameras are not always active and
the police rely on the perception by drivers that camera housings could be
active and would therefore adjust their speed so as not to contract a
fine. If the requested information was disclosed in full then drivers
would know if they can and cannot pass this specific site at a speed above
the statutory limit. This would render the purpose of the camera site at
this location obsolete.

The deployment of speed cameras indicates that speeding, collisions and
injuries are a problem at the site and therefore the camera needs to be
viewed as actively enforcing at all times. In addition, law enforcement
tactics would further be compromised and speed enforcement strategies
would be undermined if the MPS were to divulge tactical information with
regards the timing of the deployment of cameras. Therefore, I believe that
it would not be in the public interest to release the withheld
information.
Public safety is of paramount importance to the policing purpose and must
be considered in response to every release. In this case, to disclose the
information requested in full could compromise the operational
effectiveness of safety cameras and seriously undermine a road safety
initiative.

Balancing Test

After weighing up the competing interests I have determined that the
disclosure of the requested dataset in full would not be in the public
interest. I consider that the benefit that would result from the
information being disclosed does not outweigh the considerations favouring
non-disclosure.

Whilst there is a public interest in knowing that the MPS takes its law
enforcement duties seriously, it is also important to ensure that public
safety is not compromised by the disclosure of information which is the
most decisive factor favouring non-disclosure. I am therefore unable to
disclose the full dataset to you as I believe that there is stronger
public interest in ensuring that the overall effectiveness of speed
cameras is not undermined or compromised.

Disclosure

Please find below a response to the remainder of your questions.

Questions 1 and 3

"Are the Metropolitan Police Service responsible for issuing speeding
fines / speeding tickets for these newly installed cameras?"  
"Will the Metropolitan Police Service be responsible for issuing speeding
fines / speeding tickets for these cameras?"

These questions are not valid under Section 8 of the Act as they are not
requesting the disclosure of recorded information but are asking questions
requiring 'yes' or 'no' answers. However, I have provided a response under
our ‘normal course of business’ in order to be helpful, please see below.

Yes.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 161 4291 or via email at [email address],
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Deborah Solomon
Information Manager

LEGAL ANNEX

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a) states the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 31(1)(a)(b) of the Act provides:
(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is
exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice-
(a) the prevention or detection of crime,
(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,
Section 38(1)(a)(b) of the Act provides:
(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to-
(a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or
(b) endanger the safety of any individual.

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, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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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
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Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
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The Information Commissioner

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

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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