Vehicle seizure policy

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I would like the Met police, policy/guidelines for officers, in relation to Seizure of motor vehicles for a road traffic offence, e.g no insurance.
The policy/guideline that should have been in force on 20th Feb 2014

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014020002454
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 25/02/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I would like the Met police, policy/guidelines for officers, in
relation to Seizure of motor vehicles for a road traffic offence, e.g
no insurance. The policy/guideline that should have been in force on
20th Feb 2014

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,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference
to a third party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Vehicle seizure policy'.

BY LAW THE MET POLICE SHOULD HAVE RESPONDED TO MY FOI BY 26 MARCH 2014. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE INFORMATION OR BEING INFORMED THAT MY FOI HAS BEEN DELAYED ETC. THIS IS A CLEAR BREACH OF FOI RULES

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

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith
 
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014020002454
 
May I first apologise for the delay in responding to you , but I  had to
take annual leave as the end of the leave year was approaching and I was
not prepared to lose the days.
 
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 25/02/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:
I would like the Met police, policy/guidelines for officers, in relation
to Seizure of motor vehicles for a road traffic offence, e.g. no
insurance.
 
The policy/guideline that should have been in force on 20th Feb 2014
 
 
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.  I can confirm that   the
information you have requested is held by the MPS.
 
EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION
 
To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at the Traffic Operational command Headquarters
 
RESULT OF SEARCHES
 
The searches located information records relevant to your request.
 
DECISION
 
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act) I have decided to refuse access to the information you have
requested.
 
REASON FOR DECISION
 
 
Section 21 of the Act provides:
 
(1)     Information which is reasonably accessible to the application
otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information…
 
(3)     For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority’s publication scheme and any payment required is specified in,
or determined in accordance with, the scheme.
 
 
The information you have requested  is covered by the  Police retention
and disposal of vehicles under section 59 Police Reform Act 2002 can be
located at [1]www.legislation.gov.ukþ
 
 
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complaint.
 
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the MPS.
 
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Sue Reuter on telephone number 781184 quoting the reference
number above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
 
Sue Reuter
Management Information Manager
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access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.
 
Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
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London
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[email address]
 
In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
 
The Information Commissioner
 
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the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
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 [2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk. 
Alternatively, phone or write to:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700
 
 
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014030002779

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2014020002454 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 28/03/2014.  

Your request for a review will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response to
your request for a review of the original MPS case within a timescale of
20 working days.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely

S Bhaskaran
Customer Services Administration Team
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
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
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

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

Information Commissioner's Office
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Water Lane
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Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Smith

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014030002779

I write in connection with your correspondence dated 28th March 2014
concerning the delay to your Freedom of Information request to the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) received 25th February 2014 under
reference 2014020002454.  

Please find below a full response to your procedural complaint below.

Request for information

I would like the Met police, policy/guidelines for officers, in relation
to Seizure of motor vehicles for a road traffic offence, e.g no insurance.
The policy/guideline that should have been in force on 20th Feb 2014.

Procedural Complaint

By law the Met Police should have responded to my FOI by 26 March 2014. I
have not received the information or being informed that my FOI has been
delayed etc. This is a clear breach of FOI Rules.

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) acknowledges the delay to you
receiving a response to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA).

Reason for decision

The review takes note of your comment in your correspondence ‘I have not
received the information or being informed that my FOI has been delayed
etc. This is a clear breach of FOI Rules.’ In this regard I can advise
you that the statutory time limit for responding to a request under the
FoIA is set out in Section 10(1) which states that a public authority must
comply with section 1 (1) promptly and in any event not later than the
twentieth working day following the date of receipt.  Therefore, a public
authority must inform the applicant in writing whether it holds the
information requested and if so, communicate that information to the
applicant, promptly, but not later than 20 working days after receipt of
the request.

Your request for information was received by the MPS on the 25th February
2014 and therefore a response should have been sent by the 25th March
2014.  

The review is aware that a response has since been sent by the MPS on the
31st March 2013, with an apology for the delay. Despite this apology I can
confirm that, in this instance a failure to respond to your request within
the time limit is a breach of section 10(1) of the FoIA.

Should you be dissatisfied with the MPS response to your request you would
still be entitled to request an internal review in relation to the
decision.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay you have
experienced and for any inconvenience caused by our failure to process
your request correctly.  The MPS takes compliance with the FoIA very
seriously and is working hard to promote good practice in regard to the
processing of requests.

Yours sincerely

Mike Lyng
FoIA Quality and Assurance Advisor

COMPLAINT RIGHTS - Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which
details your right of complaint.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
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
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

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

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

you seem to have not read my request properly... you have directed me to a link for legislation... i am not requesting legislation, but the met police policy on vehicle seizure, different police forces have different seizing policies. you cannot refuse my request as previously you have provided this information to somebody a few years ago, however i requested as i wanted to know is if this same policy is being followed in 2014?

here is link

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/disclo...

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014040000115

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2014020002454 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 01/04/2014.  

Your request for a review will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response to
your request for a review of the original MPS case within a timescale of
20 working days.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely

S Bhaskaran
Customer Services Administration Team
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
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
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

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

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Vehicle seizure policy'.

I requested a FOI request requesting the met police vehicle seizure policy guidelines (every police force has their own policy). I received a lazy and pathetic response just giving me a link to the road traffic act law. This was not what i requested, i requested the met police policy of seizing uninsured vehicles. Through google search I found this information was given to someone through FOI a few years ago, however i put in a request as wanted the upto date policy which would've been in force in Feb 2014. On 1st april i requested a internal review as didnt get this information, however havent received a response!!!!

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

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Vehicle seizure policy'.

i have requested a internal review over a month ago now and not received any response

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

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith,

Apologies for the delay in responding to your enquiry below. As you explain you have already requested an internal review and I can confirm that this is ongoing and is being dealt with under reference number 2014040000115.

I have today been in contact with the Internal Review team who have advised me that a response will be issued to you next week.

Regards,

David.

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Hi it has been 2 weeks since your last response what i should review outcome of the review in a week. 2 weeks have passed????

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

I am out of the office until Monday 16th June.

If the matter is urgent please forward your email to [email address].

This email has not been auto-forwarded.
 
 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Vehicle seizure policy'.

[ i requested an internal review about 2 months ago, yet still no reply to the outcome. i was told it would be done 2 weeks ago, this timeframe has now passed yet still nothing. ]

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

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

In FEB i asked for this information, yet you still have not provided it, just keep saying another 2 weeks etc every time. I have now reported this to the ICO to investigate you. completley useless

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smith

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith,

I am sorry that you did not receive a response from the Internal Review Team. The person dealing with your Internal Review is Brian Wilson.

Brian, please would you provide Mr Smith with an update on the progress of this Internal Review?

Regards,

David.

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Smith

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014040000115

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2014020002454 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 01/04/2014.  

Firstly please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your
request.  A response to your request for an internal review has been
prepared and is currently subject to approval.

With this in mind, I anticipate that a full response will be provided to
you by the end of next week (i.e. 27/06/2014).

Yours sincerely

Brian Wilson
FOIA Complaints Officer

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email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
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Dear Mr Smith
 
Freedom of Information Internal Review Reference No: 2014040000115
 
I write in connection with your correspondence dated 31/03/2014 and
28/04/2014 requesting that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review
its response dated 31/03/2014 to your request for information relating to
Freedom of Information Request reference number 2014020002454.  The
request was for the following information: 
 
I would like the Met police, policy/guidelines for officers, in relation
to Seizure of motor vehicles for a road traffic offence, e.g no insurance.
 
The policy/guideline that should have been in force on 20th Feb 2014
 
DECISION
 
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to
 

* Set aside the original decision

 
Upon review I have determined that the MPS is not required to comply with
your request due to the provisions of Section 17(5) and Section 12(2).
 
Due to the potentially wide range of information within the scope of your
request further information is required in order to limit or refocus your
request.  Please see the document attached and the text below for related
advice and assistance.
 
REASON FOR DECISION    
 
Please see the legal annex for the sections of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 that are referred to in this letter.
 
Section 12 - Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit
 
Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public
authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if
the cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit.
 
The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for agencies
outside central Government; this is set at £450.00.   This represents the
estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours [at a rate of £25 per hour]
in determining whether the MPS holds the information, and then locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.
 
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Guidance titled ‘Using the
Fees Regulations’ states:
 
‘In estimating whether complying with a request would exceed the
appropriate limit, Regulation 4 (3) states that an authority can only take
into account the costs it reasonably expects to incur in:
 
• determining whether it holds the information;
• locating the information, or a document containing it;
• retrieving the information, or a document containing it; and
• extracting the information from a document containing it.’
 
The ICO guidance further states:
 
'Section 12 makes it clear that a public authority does not have to make a
precise calculation of the costs of complying with a request.  Only an
estimate is required ... what amounts to a reasonable estimate can only be
considered on a case by case basis…where a reasonable estimate has been
made that the appropriate limit would be exceeded, there is no requirement
for a public authority to undertake work up to the limit.’
 
[1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...
 
In your correspondence, you have requested the MPS policy/guidelines for
officers in relation to Seizure of motor vehicles for a road traffic
offence.
 
The police power to seize vehicles is covered by legislation.  There is no
current MPS policy in relation to the seizure of motor vehicles.
 
However, initial enquires indicate that multiple documents may be relevant
to your request. This is part because the term ‘guidelines’ can be
interpreted widely and guidelines may be applicable for an indefinite
period of time. 
 
A large component of 2 MPS operations (Operation Reclaim and Operation
Cubo) involves the seizure of uninsured vehicles.
 
Operation Reclaim is an initiative originally launched in 2007, targeting
uninsured drivers to disrupt criminal activity and improve the safety of
London’s road.
 
[2]http://content.met.police.uk/News/The-Me...
 
Operation Big Wing encompasses Operation Cubo which relates to the
targeting of uninsured vehicles.
 
As these are pan-london initiatives with increased emphasis at certain
times, guidance for officers is produced at both an MPS-wide and borough
level.  As there is no single guideline, the scope of your request is
potentially wide ranging and/or open ended.  The information requested
could potentially encompass electronic and hard copy information and could
be held within a number of locations and/or departments. Furthermore, the
open ended nature of the request means that it would not be possible for
the MPS to definitively state whether all the information within the scope
of your request had been retrieved.  Due to the size of the MPS, in terms
of the number of staff, the number of operational command units (OCUs) and
the size and number of buildings used by the MPS, I estimate that the task
of determining the extent of information held that is within the scope of
your request would exceed the appropriate cost limit.
 
Advice and assistance
 
In order for the MPS to be able to provide information in relation to your
request, it would be necessary to narrow the scope of your request so that
it may be possible to identify and retrieve the information requested
within the appropriate cost threshold.
 
I have identified 2 policies/standard operating procedures that may be
relevant to your request.  However, these were past their review date on
20th February 2014 and/or had been withdrawn or replaced by new policy
‘toolkits’ that do not provide guidance in relation to vehicle seizures.
 
The relevant policies are:

* The Primary Investigation of Crime SOP
* The Vehicle Removal, Examination, Storage & Disposal (VRES) SOP

 
Part 6 of the Primary Investigation of Crime SOP is titled ‘Primary
Investigation of Auto-Crime Offences and seizure of motor vehicles being
driven without driving license or insurance’.
 
A redacted version of the SOP that has previously been disclosed under the
Freedom of Information Act can be found via the link below:
 
[3]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4...
 
Please note the document linked above has been redacted citing FoIA
exemptions (section 31(1)(a) & (b) - Law enforcement and section 40(2) -
Personal Data).
 
The VRES SOP does not relate to the actual decision to seize a vehicle and
instead relates to the logistics and procedures for dealing with vehicles
recovered, removed, examined, retained and disposed of by the MPS. 
Further information regarding the VRES SOP is available via the links
below:
 
[4]http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/polici...
[5]http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/polici...
 
Please find attached a copy of an Operation Reclaim PowerPoint
presentation that appears to be relevant to your request as it was in use
in February 2014.  Please note that information that may be subject to one
or more FoIA exemptions has been redacted on pages 16 & 31.
 
I have also identified the following information that is held centrally
(i.e. not produced by individual boroughs) in relation to Operation
Reclaim that may constitute ‘guidance’ in relation to the seizure of motor
vehicles for a road traffic offence that would have been available to
officers in February 2014:
 

* Operation Reclaim FAQs
* Operation Reclaim Street Officers Guide
* Intranet news item titled ‘Operation Reclaim - further reminder to
officers’ (dated 03.09.10)

 
Therefore you may wish to limit your request to this information whilst
ensuring that your request is limited to information published centrally
as part of Operation Reclaim (i.e. excluding information produced at a
borough level) so that your request may be answered within the appropriate
cost limit.
 
Alternatively, if you are interested in local guidance issued within a
specific borough, you may wish to limit your request to information
produced by that borough.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay in
responding to your request for an internal review.
 
If you are dissatisfied with this FoIA internal review, you have the right
to appeal the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner for a
decision on whether your request has been dealt with in accordance with
the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to contact to the Information Commissioner please
visit their website at [6]www.ico.org.uk. Alternatively, phone or write
to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Phone: 01625 545 700
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
 
Brian Wilson
FOIA Complaints Officer
 

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