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Road Traffic Offences

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many successful prosecutions there have been in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for the offence of riding a motor cycle whilst uninsured;(2) how many successful prosecutions there have been in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for the offence of riding a motor cycle without due care and attention;

(3) how many successful prosecutions there have been in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for the offence of riding a motor cycle dangerously.

I have been asked to reply.The available information is shown in the table:

Findings of guilt at all courts for certain offences which were associated with motor cycles, mopeds and scooters.
England Offence typeNumber of offences
1981198219831984
Using vehicle uninsured against third party risks.33,70037,80039,00036,700
Driving without due care and attention11,30010,7008,8007,400
Reckless driving1,0001,000800700

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what was the number of convictions in each of the last five years of drivers of commercial coaches and heavy goods vehicles for dangerous driving, reckless driving, and exceeding the speed limit; and what are the average penalties imposed.

I have been asked to reply.No reliable information is available for specific types of vehicle. The available information is for all types of vehicle and relates to findings of guilt for offences of dangerous or reckless driving, careless driving, etc., and speed limit offences (offence groups 2, 4 and 15), shown in table 5 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin 28/85. Information on the sentences imposed for these offences is published annually in "Offences Relating to Motor Vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary Tables"; summary information is given in tables 5, 7 and 8 of the latest issues and details of the fines imposed (including the average fine) and the lengths of custodial sentences given are shown in other tables. The issue for 1984 will be placed in the Library next week.