Skip to content

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

E scooters seized Jan 2020 to Oct 2020 (855A/20)

Request

I would like to know the following (broken down by month if possible):

Since 1 January, 2020, how many electric scooters – also known as e-scooters – have you confiscated under current laws for using a powered transporter?

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.

Your question requires scooters that have been seized under the current laws for using a powered transporter.  We have interpreted this as e-scooters seized when being ridden in a public place, footpath or road.

Our property system has 13 recorded seizures of electric scooters 1 Jan 2020 – 9th October 2020.

However, we cannot guarantee that this is an accurate amount, as these records are where officers have booked the item in as an “electric scooter”, the scooter could have been recorded in many other ways within the property system.

Also of those 13 recorded we cannot guarantee that they were seized as a result of an e scooter being ridden.  Items are booked into property for many reasons, the details of the incident / crime that they were seized from are often not recorded. There may be more that have been booked in but simply been named something different.

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.

 

 

Attachments

Include attachments here