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Speeding – Tay Bridge and Dundee

Freedom of Information: Speeding - Tay Bridge and Dundee

Thank you for your request dated 27 February 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"How many people have been convicted for speeding on the stretch of the Tay Road Bridge, under the Tay Road Bridge temporary 30mph limit order 2012 and the road traffic regulation act 1984 and 89, between July 16, 2013 and February 21, 2014.

How many people have been convicted for speeding on the Kingsway A90 stretch in Dundee, between the roundabout at Invergowrie and Forfar Road, in the past five years, ten years, 20 years, under the Kingsway, Dundee A972 (50mph speed limit) order 1989?

How many people have been convicted under that order since the 40mph speed limit was introduced between the Kings Cross/Clepington Road interchange and Forfar Road.

How many people have been convicted of speeding on the A92 Dundee to Arbroath Road in the section of the road covered by the Dundee City Council (40mph speed limits) order 2007 from the junction with Monymusk Road to its junction with West Grange Road, Monifieth, a distance of 4.8 km or thereby, since 2007?"

In respect of the first part of your request, "How many people have been convicted for speeding on the stretch of the Tay Road Bridge, under the Tay Road Bridge temporary 30mph limit order 2012 and the road traffic regulation act 1984 and 89, between July 16, 2013 and February 21, 2014"

I can advise that the number of persons convicted under this Order for offences which occurred between the dates specified by you is five.

In respect the second part of your request, namely "How many people have been convicted for speeding on the Kingsway A90 stretch in Dundee, between the roundabout at Invergowrie and Forfar Road, in the past five years, ten years, 20 years, under the Kingsway, Dundee A972 (50mph speed limit) order 1989?

How many people have been convicted under that order since the 40mph speed limit was introduced between the Kings Cross/Clepington Road interchange and Forfar Road."

I can advise that COPFS computer records only go back as far as 2002, so in terms of your request for data prior to that date, I can advise I have established, in terms of section 17(1) of FOISA that the information you request is not held by COPFS.

We do endeavour to provide information whenever possible. However, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Service's case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet this Department's business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes, i.e. to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence, etc.

As charges at this particular locus cannot be searched electronically under our database, in order to identify cases which resulted in a conviction COPFS staff would be required to consider individually each report submitted in relation to the relevant charges of speeding at the locus within our system and the time taken to complete this task would exceed the upper cost limit. Under Section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under Section 12.

Turning to the third part of your request: "How many people have been convicted of speeding on the A92 Dundee to Arbroath Road in the section of the road covered by the Dundee City Council (40mph speed limits) order 2007 from the junction with Monymusk Road to its junction with West Grange Road, Monifieth, a distance of 4.8 km or thereby, since 2007?"

I can again advise that in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Service's case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet this Department's business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes, i.e. to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence, etc.

Again, charges at this locus cannot be searched electronically and therefore in order to identify cases which resulted in a conviction COPFS staff would be required to consider individually each report submitted in relation to the relevant charges of speeding at the locus within our system and the time taken to complete this task would exceed the upper cost limit. Under Section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under Section 12.