Driving Licences - 860/11
Dated: 29 Nov 2011
Date of request: 01/11/2011
Date of response: 29/11/2011
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What process is followed by Northumbria Police when an application for restoration of driving licence is received from an individual who has previously been disqualified from driving? Please provide all policy/procedure documents used by Northumbria Police in this regard.
How many applications for restoration of driving licence have been dealt with by Northumbria Police for each of the past 3 years - 2010, 2009, 2008 and so far in 2011?
If Northumbria Police make representations in such cases, how are such cases allocated, who (i.e. which role) is responsible for providing representations and on what basis are such representations formulated? Please provide any policy/procedure/guidance documents used by Northumbria Police in this regard.
In how many of the cases dealt with under question 2 above were representations made on behalf of Northumbria Police?
In how many of the cases dealt with under question 2 above were the applications successful?
In each of the cases dealt with under question 2 please provide an overview of the representations made.
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1 & 3. There is no policy/procedure document regarding this administrative process. The application is made through the courts under S42 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. The court will inform the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the application. The Officer in Charge (OIC) of the original case or a representative from Operations Support (should the OIC no longer be available) will prepare a report for the CPS documenting any objection to the restoration of the driving licence. The CPS also has the opportunity to raise such an objection. A court hearing is then held and a decision made depending on the arguments presented as to whether the driving licence will be restored.
2, 4, 5 & 6. No information held. This information is not recorded.
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