Speeding Offences and Vehicle Tax Offences

Waiting for an internal review by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of their handling of this request.

Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

For the period of Jan 2018- to June 2021, how many cars were issued with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 or more Fixed Penalty Notices for speeding in total. Please report these numbers in total and for each of the following categories:
1) Cars which were untaxed at the time of at least one of these speeding offences
2) Cars which were driving without a valid MOT at the time at least one of these speeding offences
3) Cars which were driving without valid insurance at the time of at least one of these speeding offences

Secondly, for the period of Jan 2018- to June 2021, how many for Fixed Penalty Notices was the Section 172 notice not responded to within 28 days. Of this, how many cases involved:
1) Cars which were untaxed at the time of at least one of these speeding offences
2) Cars which were driving without a valid MOT at the time at least one of these speeding offences
3) Cars which were driving without valid insurance at the time of at least one of these speeding offences

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear B Treloar

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information. The DVLA are dealing with your request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR9507.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request by 13 December.

If you have any further questions or enquiries on this request please quote the reference number.

Regards

Debbie
Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Speeding Offences and Vehicle Tax Offences'.

Per your aggregated response to FOIR9506, 9507 9508, you have refused my request as you believe the aggregated requests breach the cost limit.

I note that you have aggregated my requests, which authorities are permitted to do under the FOI Act — but as you may be aware, ICO guidance (https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...) states that requests may only be aggregated for the purposes of a Section 12 exemption if they relate to the same or similar information. In fact, my requests concern demonstrably different pieces of information, as indicated by your response which states that "your request covers a range of enforcement topics and you may wish to focus on a specific subject matter, narrowing the scope accordingly". As such, your own response indicates that section 12(4) does not apply to these requests, which relate to separate enforcement topics.

Additionally, paragraph 14 of the section 45 code of Practice states that where a public authority is not obligated to comply with a request because it would exceed the appropriate limit to do so, it "... should consider providing an indication of what, if any, information could be provided within the cost ceiling". As such, the response to these requests is in breach of Section 16, as you have provided no information about which - if any - of the requests is likely to breach the cost ceiling and provided no advice on which elements of each request should be revised in order to bring the request within the relevant cost ceiling.

Finally, no evidence is provided that these requests will breach the cost limit:
- The contents of FOIR9506 relates mainly to queries on the Vehicle Taxation database and the database of enforcement actions relate to database queries. This is no more than a few hours work, chargeable at £25. Similar work has been judged not to be within the cost limit in previous, similar but different FOI requests. The remainder relates to the cost of contracts with Debt Collection Agencies. If these are not stored in a convenient way, then the DVLA is in breach of its requirement to regulations around transparency in procurement and contracting, important to ensure all public procurement is based on value of money
- The contents of FOIR9507 relates entirely to queries on the Vehicle Taxation database and the database of enforcement actions relate to database queries. This is no more than a few hours work, chargeable at no more than £25 an hour. Similar work has been judged not to be within the cost limit in previous, similar but different FOI requests.
- The contents of FOIR9508 relate to usage of the National ANPR Service, so if the DVLA is using this service, retrieval of this information is, again, no more than a few hours of database work. If the DVLA is not using this service, then the work is even less expensive.

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

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

FOI, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Ear B Treloar

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information. The DVLA are dealing with your Internal Review request under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been given reference number: FOIR9508 - IR.

You should expect to receive a reply to your request by

If you have any further questions or enquiries on this request please quote the reference number.

Regards

Debbie
Freedom Of Information
Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6 7JL
Twitter: @dvlagovuk

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

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

I am writing regarding the internal review of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Speeding Offences and Vehicle Tax Offences'.

Eight weeks have passed and this internal review has not been actioned. Please clarify when you will be providing a response to this review.

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

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar