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  1. Published on: 13/09/2018 07:13 AMReported by: roving-eye
    A member of the public has asked Sefton Council to give details of the number of PCN's issued within 10, 11 or 12 minutes of the pay and display time on the ticket.



    "advise of the number of PCNs issued in the last 12 months within 10
    minutes, 11 minutes, and 12 minutes of expiry of a purchased and displayed
    ticket. Please also detail the number of tickets that were sucesfully
    appealed."



    The Councils response.

    From our preliminary assessment, we estimate that compliance with your
    request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the
    Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently 450.00. We estimate
    that the cost will be 7325.00 to comply with your request.

    In order to explain our decision, I need to explain how Penalty Charge
    Notices (PCN) are recorded on our system. When a PCN is issued certain
    information is captured and stored on the system which is searchable and
    this includes vehicle registration, make, colour, date and time seen, time
    PCN issued, location and a code and description of the contravention for
    which the PCN has been issued.

    The information on the expiry time of the pay and display ticket is not
    recorded in this "searchable" manner and so, to obtain this information it
    would be necessary to study the details of every case, including the notes
    made by the Civil Enforcement Officer of the expiry time of the ticket.
    The officer carrying out the search would then have to ascertain if any
    appeal was succesful or not.

    3,521 PCN's were issued between the 6th July 2017 and 5th July 2018 (the
    date of your request) under code 05 - Parked after the Expiry of Paid for
    Time (on-street) and code 82 - Parked after Expiry of Paid for Time
    (off-street). I estimate that on average it would take approximately 5
    minutes to gather the information you have requested for each case.
    Consequently, we have decided to refuse the request because it would take
    a member of staff approx. 293 hours (3,521 cases at 5 mins per case) to
    access the information requested.

    However, I can add that a PCN will only be issued once a minimum period
    of 11 minutes has passed between the expiry time of the pay and display
    ticket and the time on the officers Hand Held Terminal.

    If I can be of any further assistance or if you would like to amend your
    request in any way then please get in touch with me, quoting the reference
    above.

    Section 17 (7) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act states that public
    authorities must provide applicants with particulars of how they may
    complain about the handling of their request for information should they
    wish to. Any such complaint should be directed to the Information
    Management and Governance Lead, 7th Floor, Merton House, Stanley Road,
    Bootle, L20 3UU.

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    Your Comments:


  3. ausard2 says:13/09/2018 07:37 AM
    They haven't refused , they have pointed out
    that the cost is not within their budget.
    Too much money is wasted as it is , why not
    ask how many toilet rolls the council use.

  4. clive764 says:13/09/2018 08:52 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by ausard2 View Post
    They haven't refused , they have pointed out
    that the cost is not within their budget.
    Too much money is wasted as it is , why not
    ask how many toilet rolls the council use.
    I think you'll find this is a refusal, and a common reason of "disproportionate costs" is used widely in the public sector to not provide information asked for.. Unfortunately this clause is part of the FOI Act.

  5. gazaprop says:13/09/2018 11:36 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by clive764 View Post
    I think you'll find this is a refusal, and a common reason of "disproportionate costs" is used widely in the public sector to not provide information asked for.. Unfortunately this clause is part of the FOI Act.
    Or fortunately if it deters people with too much time on their hands. Why would anyone want this information?


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