Request Information regarding Council Vehicle Fleet

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Christopher Lehmann

Dear Cheshire West and Chester Council,

I'd be grateful if you can provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1. A list of vehicles owned or leased to the council. Please include; registration mark, fleet number (if used), make & model and body type.

2. Identify which vehicles are owned and which are leased.

3. Name, position and email address of the staff responsible for these vehicles.

4. The estimated amount of spend (£) on diesel/petrol per annum and the cost split between owned and leased vehicles.

I trust all is in order and thank you in advance for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Lehmann

FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

RE: Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Case Reference: RFI 2163

 

Dear Christopher Lehman

 

Thank you for your email.

 

It will be treated as a request within the meaning of the Act: this means
that we will send you a full response within 20 working days, either
supplying you with the information which you want, or explaining to you
why we cannot supply it.

 

If we need any further clarification or there is any problem we will be in
touch.

 

 

Disclosures Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Tel: 0300 123 8 123

Email: [email address]

Location: Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port
CH65 0BE

Visit: cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

 

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FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Dear Christopher Lehmann

 

Thank you for your request for information of 21^st January 2020 which has
been logged as RFI 2163 and has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. We confirm that Cheshire West and Chester Council
holds information relating to your request.

 

For the purpose of clarity your request has been reproduced below with
responses,

 

I'd be grateful if you can provide me with the following information under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

1.       A list of vehicles owned or leased to the council. Please
include; registration mark, fleet number (if used), make & model and body
type.

 

Please see attached Excel spreadsheets, showing vehicles owned and leased,
together with the make a model where possible

Some of the information requested about vehicle's fleet number and
registration number is exempt from disclosure under Section 31 (Law
Enforcement) This is to prevent vehicle licensing number plate fraud, if
these details were released to the wider world, through FOI disclosure.

Section 31 Prevention or detection of crime

Section 31(1) (a) of the FOIA states:

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,

(c) the administration of justice,

(d) the assessment or collection of any tax or duty

(ICO Guidance entitled Law Enforcement Section 31 issued in May 2013.)

Section 31 is a prejudiced based exemption and is subject to a public
interest test.

It is considered that disclosure of the requested information would, or
would likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime. It is
also important to recognise that the public authority can only take
account of consequences that are realistic possibilities, such as the
growing trend for criminals to clone licence plate numbers. Public
authorities cannot take account of either crimes or the consequences of
those crimes which are too speculative or fanciful. Whilst the commission
of identity fraud is not in itself a crime the use of another’s identity
is for the purpose of the commission of a crime. CWaCC consider that there
is a real and significant risk of prejudice, if these details were
released to the wider world, through FOI disclosure, as all FOI answers
are published online.

Whilst on the face of it a person may not automatically think of the
borough as being significantly at risk the reality is that number plate
fraud can be used anywhere in the world. The greater the potential for a
disclosure to result in crime, the greater the public interest in
maintaining the exemption. The victims of crime can be both organisations
and individuals. Although there is a public interest in protecting both,
there is a greater public interest in protecting individuals from the
impact of crime. The impact of crime is not confined to its immediate
victims. For example a request for the addresses of empty homes provided
the opportunity to consider the wider repercussions of crime in more
detail.

The public interest test:

Reasons for disclosure Reasons against disclosure
There is a real and evident risk of crime Open and transparent government
if number plate information is released dealings

HIGH HIGH
Releasing details of number plates to the
wider world could be used throughout to
commit types of crime

HIGH
There is an inherent duty to protect the
individual and organisations from the
effects of crime

HIGH
Public duty of authority to protect the
ability of law enforcement agencies to
conduct investigations

HIGH
Effects of crime are not only local but
global and need to be protected against

HIGH
There is an inherently strong public
interest in avoiding the likely prejudice
to the prevention of crime.

HIGH

 

CWaCC consider that the public interest in withholding the information
regarding vehicle number plates outweighs the public interest in
disclosure.

The Council considers that your request has been answered in full by
either confirming that information is not held, providing you with the
information requested, or explaining why any information has been withheld
and the reasons for any redaction. Where applicable, the Council has also
told you the reasons for the delay in responding to your request.

 

2.       Identify which vehicles are owned and which are leased.

 

Noted in attached spreadsheets

 

3. Name, position and email address of the staff responsible for these
vehicles.

 

Lisa Rimmer

Principal Fleet Operations Officer

Fleet Operations

Email:  [1][email address]

 

4. The estimated amount of spend (£) on diesel/petrol per annum and the
cost split between owned and leased vehicles.  

 

The information is note held to provide a breakdown of petrol/diesel
expenditure from leased or owned vehicles but the total spend to date for
this financial year is £223,100.17.

 

Bunkered fuel which is used by our Highways department and the total spend
to date for this is £28,748.54 which is on top of the amount listed above

 

 

 

We trust this answers your queries.

 

The Council considers that your request has been answered in full by
either confirming that information is not held, providing you with the
information requested, or explaining why any information has been withheld
and the reasons for any redaction. Where applicable, the Council has also
told you the reasons for the delay in responding to your request.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled you can request a review by writing to the Disclosures Team within
40 working days from the date of the Council’s response.

 

You are entitled to a review by the Council if:

•             You are dissatisfied with the Council’s explanation of why
the application was not dealt with within the 20 working day time limit.

•             All the information requested is not being disclosed and you
have not received an explanation why some information is not being
disclosed.

•             A reason for the disclosures under the request being refused
is not received.

•             You consider that exemptions have been wrongly applied,
and/or

•             You consider that a fee has been wrongly applied.

 

Please set out your grounds for seeking a review together with what
specific part of your request those grounds apply to and the outcome you
are seeking. The Council reserves the right to ask you for clarification
of the grounds for your review request if the grounds are not clear, and
to delay commencing the review if such grounds are not provided.

 

The Disclosures Team can be contacted by email via:
[2][Cheshire West and Chester Council request email] or at the following address:

 

Disclosures Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

4 Civic Way

Ellesmere Port

CH64 0BE

 

The Disclosures Team will acknowledge a request for an internal review
within 5 working days and complete the review as soon as possible and no
later than 40 working days from receipt of the request.

 

More information about the Council’s internal review process can be found
via:

 

[3]https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.u...

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your review, you have
a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45

Website: [4]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Disclosures Team – Customer Relations and Information

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Tel: 0300 123 8 123

Email: [5][email address]

Location: Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port
CH65 0BE

Visit: cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

 

 

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