Motorway Speed Offences (533_15)

Request

I am seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 relating to the number of speeding offences recorded on motorways in your area.

In particular, could you provide the number of fixed penalty notices and summonses issued between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 specifically for speeding offences.

If this information is not available for the latest calendar year, please provide information for the last available full 12 month period for which it is held (ie. April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014).

1) Please provide this information broken down by the number of offences on motorways for speeds of:
a) Under 70mph in areas with a variable speed limit
b) Between 71mph and 78mph
c) 79mph and over
d) Total (year)
Please note, if you cannot break the information down by particular speed category, please provide a global figure (d) for the total number of speeding offences on motorways.

2) If possible, please provide comparable information for the same time period over the previous four years , the 2013 calendar year, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Again, if this information is not available over this time frame, please provide data for the previous four full 12 month periods for which the information is held.

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see enclosed document) I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

The only way to identify each speed would be to undertake a manual search of each individual record such a search would exceed the appropriate limit.

This means that 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. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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.

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