Parking Ticket Data

Neil made this Freedom of Information request to Leicestershire County Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Sir or Madam,

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 (22 July 2004 till now) broken down by:
date, time, location, narrative of infraction, current status of case, next status of case, transaction details (ie. date, time and method of payments made), officer ID.

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.

Regarding part 1. ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street' 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.

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,

Neil Houston

Leicestershire County Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

FOI Request Number : 1457
Description : Parking ticket data

Dear Neil Houston

I acknowledge your request for information received on 12/08/2009.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

If appropriate, the information may be provided in paper copy, normal font size. If you require alternative formats, e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let me know.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

There may a fee payable for this information. This will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Business Partner(Information Management) at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8TG, telephone 0116 305 8250, e-mail [Leicestershire County Council request email].

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

If you wish to contact Leicestershire County Council concerning this request please use the request number above as a reference.

Yours sincerely

Ajesh Parmar
_______________________________________
Administrator and Information Assistant
Department of Highways, Transportation & Waste Management
Leicestershire County Council
Tel: (0116) 305 7279
Email: [email address]

Leicestershire County Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

FOI Request Number :1457
Description :Parking ticket data

Dear Neil Houston

I can confirm that some of the information requested is held by Leicestershire County Council. Your request has now been considered and some of the information is available from http://www.leicsfoi.org.uk/disclosureLog...

With regards to question 1 and the supplementary question, I will be unable to proceed with your request without clarification of the information you wish to receive. To help me do so, I would like to know the following:

Question 1:

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) implemented Decriminalised Parking Enforcement in July 2007, therefore LCC only holds data from that date. Prior to July 2007 the Police were responsible for the enforcement of parking restrictions in Leicestershire. Although the data requested is held by LCC (from July 2007 onwards) it is not possible to report the data in the format requested.

A report can be produced which will contain Location, Date & Time, Contravention, Current Status and Officer Code. Given the amount of data requested a separate report for each of our 7 district areas will have to be provided. Each report will have to be manually edited to remove personal details from the data. It is estimated that time required in identifying and collating the data for the 7 reports, will exceed the 2.5 days threshold. Therefore, are you able to narrow down the request to a particular district and/or a shorter time frame?

Supplementary question:

I would need further explaination of what is required? Is it a request for a detailed database schema for the Chipside software?

Please note that if I do not receive appropriate clarification of your information requirements within three months from the date of this letter, then I will consider your request closed.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me.

Most of the content provided by Leicestershire County Council as a result of a request for information will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by Leicestershire County Council. We will notify you by marking the content where Leicestershire County Council does not own the copyright.

You may use the content for non-commercial research purposes. Any other re-use, e.g. publication or supply to the public, will require permission from the copyright holder.

For content where copyright belongs to a third party (i.e. not Leicestershire County Council), you would need to apply to the copyright holder.

If you are unhappy with the way Leicestershire County Council has handled your request you may ask for an internal review. You should contact the Business Partner(Information Management) at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8TG, telephone 0116 305 8250, e-mail [Leicestershire County Council request email] if you wish to complain quoting the FOI Request Number.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you also have a 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
Telephone: 01625 545 700
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Ajesh Parmar

Hi,

Thanks for the response.

Yes I am interested in the Chipside schema used.

Regarding the reporting, is it possible to be produced from the IT end of the database?

You state
"A report can be produced which will contain Location, Date & Time, Contravention, Current Status and Officer Code. Given the amount of data requested a separate report for each of our 7 district areas will have to be provided. Each report will have to be manually edited to remove personal details from the data."

If this report is generated, I fail to see how it would need any form of redaction?

Thanks,
Neil

Leicestershire County Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

FOI Request Number : 1457
Description : Parking ticket data

Dear Neil Houston

I acknowledge your your email below received on 28/08/2009.

I will reply to your comments as soon as I receive further information from the relevant officer/s.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Business Partner(Information Management) at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8TG, telephone 0116 305 8250, e-mail [Leicestershire County Council request email].

If you wish to contact Leicestershire County Council concerning this request please use the request number above as a reference.

Yours sincerely

Ajesh Parmar

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Leicestershire County Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

FOI Request Number : 1457
Description : Parking ticket data

Dear Neil Houston

I acknowledge your clarification email below received on 28/08/2009.

I will provide a response once I have received further information from the relevant officer/s.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Business Partner(Information Management) at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8TG, telephone 0116 305 8250, e-mail [Leicestershire County Council request email].

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

If you wish to contact Leicestershire County Council concerning this request please use the request number above as a reference.

Yours sincerely

Ajesh Parmar

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Leicestershire County Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

FOI Request Number :1457
Description :Parking ticket data

Dear Neil Houston

I can confirm that some of the information requested is held by Leicestershire County Council. Your request for information has now been considered and the information is available from http://www.leicsfoi.org.uk/disclosureLog....

Most of the content provided by Leicestershire County Council as a result of a request for information will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by Leicestershire County Council. We will notify you by marking the content where Leicestershire County Council does not own the copyright.

You may use the content for non-commercial research purposes. Any other re-use, e.g. publication or supply to the public, will require permission from the copyright holder.

For content where copyright belongs to a third party (i.e. not Leicestershire County Council), you would need to apply to the copyright holder.

If you are unhappy with the way Leicestershire County Council has handled your request you may ask for an internal review. You should contact the Business Partner(Information Management) at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8TG, telephone 0116 305 8250, e-mail [Leicestershire County Council request email] if you wish to complain quoting the FOI Request Number.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you also have a 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 
Telephone:   01625 545 700
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Ajesh Parmar

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Is this request successful now?

I think the authority has posted more information in the disclosure log (link http://www.leicsfoi.org.uk/disclosureLog... ) along with their most recent response.

If that contains the information, can we set the request to successful or partially successful?

Ajesh Parmar, Leicestershire County Council

A response to this FOI request has been published and provided to the requester within the required timescales:

http://www.leicsfoi.org.uk/disclosureLog...

Therefore, the request should be classed as 'successful' or 'partially successful' and not 'long overdue'.