Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 became effective on 1 January 2005. This Act provides a right of access to information held by Public Authorities, aiming for more open and transparent accountability throughout the public sector.
The Act lays out requirements for making requests for information and timescales to which the Authorities must adhere. The Act also provides specific exemptions where information, if held, may not be disclosed.
Safety Camera Partnerships in Scotland are not classed as public authorities, however each of the individual Partners is. Information would therefore be available from them. In the spirit of the Act, Northern Safety Camera Partnership will work with the intention of assisting with the supply of information where ever possible.
The basis of the Freedom of Information Act is that all information should be available for release unless it can clearly be shown that it is not in the public interest to do so. The Act gives exemptions of which the following may apply to Northern Safety Camera Partnership:
Section 25 ? The information is otherwise accessible
Section 33 ? The information is commercially sensitive
Section 35 ? The information is held for Law Enforcement purposes and disclosure would severely prejudice that purpose
Section 38 ? The information contains personal data
Section 39 ? The information relates to health & safety and its disclosure would compromise the health, safety or well-being of an individual
Section 40 ? The information is held for Audit functions and its disclosure would severely prejudice the Audit
Requests for information that is otherwise accessible
Speed limits applicable at camera sites
This information is therefore considered to be otherwise accessible.