Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about FOI
All requests must be made in writing to the FOI Manager at Dorset Road Safe. You can contact us via the FOI online form or by postal address, all of which can be found here.
If Dorset Road Safe holds the information requested, we will provide it. If we do not hold the information we will do our best to assist by advising you which agency may hold it. In some cases you will be directed to where the answer is published. Our website holds many answers to the questions we often get asked, so it is worth having a look through our website first to see if your question can be answered. In some cases we get asked questions which are exempt under The Freedom Of Information Act. The following are examples of such exemptions;
- Any question relating to live traffic offences
- We will withhold personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998
- Where data will be published in due course i.e. Public Accounts which can only be released after the Audit is complete and not before
- Where the request is deemed as vexatious i.e. a repeated, obsessive request or requested as part of a campaign of harassment or disruption etc.
The purpose of the publication scheme is to ensure that the maximum amount of information is available to members of the public without the need to make a specific request. The Publication Scheme contains information documents which are released inline with the requirements under The Freedom Of Information Act 2000.
Most information will be made available free of charge, however if the answer to a question/s is likely to take more than 18 working hours to complete, a fee may be chargeable. If a fee does apply in relation to a request, we will inform you in writing and release the information following receipt of payment.
The requester can appeal against the use of exemptions firstly with the public authority and ultimately with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) if they are still unhappy after the appeal findings.