Skip to content

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How we are working to keep our FOI Requests running during COVID-19

E-Scooter Trials (1231A/20)

Request

Please can I be provided with the following information relating to electric scooter trials for the year 2020:

  1. How many injuries have there been to riders of hired electric scooters on the trial?
  2. How many injuries have there been to a victim of someone on a hired electric scooter?
  3. How many hired electric scooters on the trial have been stolen?
  4. How many electric scooters on the trial have been damaged?
  5. How many crimes have been committed on the hired electric scooters on the trial?
  6. How many people have been charged for committing a crime on a hired electric scooter?
  7. How many people have been fined for riding a hired electric scooter whilst underage?
  8. How many people have been fined for drunk-driving a hired electric scooter?

CLARIFICATION

I mean the electric scooter trials that are listed in that Government link- I think there is one within the West Midlands area but if I am wrong about that then do say.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

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 attached). 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.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  The information requested in questions 1 – 6 is not available in an easily retrievable format.  We would need to conduct a manual search of all crimes in order to locate and retrieve this information, this would exceed the FOI time limit.

The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Attachments

1231A_ATTACHMENT_01