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E Scooters (819A/20)

Request

How many incidents have there been of people caught riding an electric scooter on the public highway without an appropriate licence and/or without insurance by the force in 2020?

And can you then provide a breakdown showing the outcome of each incident.

For example….
Total incidents – 36

Caution – 12

Fixed penalty notice – 12

Charged with offence – 12

How many electric scooters have been seized by the force in 2020?

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 enclosed). 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.

Q1: How many incidents have there been of people caught riding an electric scooter on the public highway without an appropriate licence and/or without insurance by the force in 2020?

Answer = None recorded as “riding an electric scooter on the public highway without an appropriate licence and/or without insurance”.

Please note that the act of riding the e – scooter may have been reported as a completely different “incident” type and would therefore have been recorded differently.  The cost element to locate this information would exceed the 18 hours of the FOI Act, because every incident would need to be assessed in order to accurately locate the data. There are thousands of incidents.  An example of this:  A reported Burglary where an E scooter was stolen and ridden off…..this would be recorded as a “burglary”. The list of potential scenarios huge.

Q2: And can you then provide a breakdown showing the outcome of each incident?

No incidents recorded therefore no outcomes.

Q3: How many electric scooters have been seized by the force in 2020?

A search for “electric scooter” category was carried out and as a result 13 records of seized electric scooters was located.

An item can be seized for many reasons, ie, it was found property, it may have been seized as it had been stolen, no insurance, abandoned, and the list goes on.  Also, please be aware that the officer that booked in an electric scooter may have called it something different, and therefore an accurate and complete search of the property system cannot be assured unless each individual record is assessed – this would exceed the cost element of the FOI Act.

 

 

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