Speeding 20/30mph (226A/20)

Request

Could you please provide figures for:

a) 2019 – 20mph zones – annual total tickets issued for speeding in 20mph streets in each of the following in 2019

a1) – Solihull OCU

a2) – B’ham OCUs overall

a3) – West Midlands Overall

b) 2019 – 30 mph zones – annual total tickets issued for speeding in 30mph streets in each of the following n 2019

b1) – Solihull OCU

b2) – B’ham OCUs overall

b3) – West Midlands Overall

If a breakdown between fully automatic camera tickets (e.g. Hadecs), Mobile Van tickets and ‘Hand Held’ operations is available that would be great.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of 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 as follows). 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.

a3) 20mph:

Total Issued: 251

All of which were officer issued.

b3) 30mph:

Total Issued: 30,003

29,145 were detected by a camera either Hadecs (m.way), Specs (average speed) or mobile van. 858 were officer issued.

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

REASON FOR DECISION

With regard to questions a1, a2, b1 and b2, there is no location field of OCU or similar on our ticketing system. Therefore in order to determine this information, we would need to manually review each individual offence. This however would involve a trawl of more than 30,000 cases and such a search would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

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