I would like to know the top 10 fastest speeds recorded on roads in each of Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall during the past three years, so 10 speeds for each area.
I would like to know the speed limit recorded, which road it was on, the date and, if possible, the make and model of the vehicle and resulting action taken against the driver.
If the top speeds are all on motorways, I would also like to know the next fastest speeds that were not on motorways.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide the make and model of the vehicle without researching each individual case which 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.
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 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.