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Smart Motorways (12388/19)


I am writing to make an open government request for information available under the Freedom of Information Act with regard to Fixed Penalty Notices (speeding tickets or motorists caught in the ‘Red X’ lanes) issued over the last five financial years on stretches of so-called smart motorway.

The sections of motorway are:

M6 between junctions 5 – 8 (so between Birmingham E – M5).

M6 between junction 8 – 10a (so between M5 – M54).

M6 between junctions 10A – 11A.

M6 between junction 4 – 5 (so between M42/Coventry – Birmingham East)

M42 between junction 7 – 9 (so between M6N – M6 Toll).

If possible, could you breakdown that number into speeding tickets and those caught in the ‘Red x’ lanes. If you could let me know which parts of that route the force is responsible for, I’d be very grateful. And, if the constabulary is not responsible for any of it, do let me know!


Please find attached our response regarding the M6 between junction 4 – 5, M6 between junctions 5 – 8 and M6 between junction 8 – 10a.

The M42 between junction 7 – 9 is covered by Warwickshire Police and the M6 between junctions 10A – 11a is covered by Staffordshire Police.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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