Foreign National RTCs (9535_16)

Request

The number of hit and runs caused by foreign drivers, with a breakdown of areas and injuries caused from the past two years (from August 2014 – August 16

Response

Unfortunately, our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.  A search of our system using a search of ‘Foreign Registered Vehicle’, ‘Hit and Run’, ‘Non Stop vehicle’ returns over 600 incidents. However, this does not accurately reflect the number of foreign vehicles involved. The reason for this is that the victim may have only seen part of the vehicle number plate and assumed the plate was foreign, when that may not be the case.  Even if a foreign plate was detected it may not necessarily mean that the driver is a foreign national driver.

 

Researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)), therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244

 

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

 

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.

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