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FOI 8216

Damages By Refuse Vehicles

Request

-How much has your council paid out to motorists whose vehicles have been damaged by bin lorries in the past five years?

-I am aware refuse wagons emptying bins across the borough have collided with or bumped into cars belonging to members of the public, causing damage.

-Owners of the damaged vehicles have taken legal action against local authorities, which have then paid such members of the public compensation.

-Please understand that I am specifically requesting the information that covers all types of compensation awarded to members of the public as a result of vehicles being damaged by bin lorries. This includes: property damage, injury, hire charges, solicitor fees, medical fees, expert fees and any other form of compensation not specified.

-I would like this information broken down by year since 2008 and amount of compensation IN TOTAL and then broken down by type eg: 2009: compensation £120,000 solicitor fees £20,000.

I know that you hold this information and are legally obliged to divulge it under the FOI Act. Therefore if you do not divulge this information, I will be contacting the Information Commissioner's Office.

Response

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request as detailed below. Please find below as requested the information broken down by year since 2008 and amount of compensation, solicitor fees etc and then broken down by type.

Please take into consideration the following:

• We cannot identify "bin lorries", we can only limit data to Refuse Collection dept claims - these may be for vehicles other than refuse collection vehicles
• Details have been limited to settled claims where payment has been made.


Year Total Paid Counsel Fees Credit/Cancelled by Credit Engineer Fees Hire charges Loss Adjuster Fees Medical Fees Motor Own Damage Other Fees Own Solicitors Costs Third Party Solicitors Costs TP Injury (inc loss of earnings) TP Property
2008 £ 13,693.66 £ - £ - £ - £ 7,714.61 £ - £ - £ 264.56 £ - £ - £ - £ £ 5,714.49
2009 £ 44,439.18 £ 130.00 £ - £ 352.50 £ 610.95 £ 210.00 £ - £ 23,456.41 -£ 1,697.71 £ 320.00 £ - £ £ 21,057.03
2010 £ 19,962.80 £ - £ - £ - £ 6,393.82 £ 213.00 £ 229.13 £ - £ 90.50 £ - £ 1,567.03 £ 1,650.00 £ 9,819.32
2011 £ 6,317.60 £ - £ 1,836.84 £ - £ 392.96 £ 72.00 £ - £ - £ - £ - £ - £ £ 4,015.80
2012 £ 13,997.65 £ - £ - £ - £ 403.20 £ - £ - £ 1,551.65 £ 32.40 £ - £ - £ £ 12,010.40
2013 £ 4,302.29 £ - £ - £ 60.00 £ 515.41 £ - £ - £ - £ 27.00 £ - £ - £ £ 3,699.88