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Motoring

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many motorists were disqualified from driving in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region; (93257)

(2) how many motorists were (a) caught and (b) prosecuted for driving while disqualified in each of the last 10 years.

Decisions as to the charging and prosecution of those detected apparently driving while disqualified are matters for the police and C.P.S and data are not recorded centrally.

Data on the numbers of those disqualified and proceeded against for driving while disqualified from driving are set out in the following tables.

2005 data will be available early in 2007.

Table A: Disqualifications1 from driving imposed at all courts, by Government Office Regions, England and Wales, 1995 to 2004

Government Office Regions

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

North East

6,600

6,600

6,900

7,200

8,000

7,900

8,300

8,700

9,000

9,100

North West

22,200

21,600

21,600

21,400

21,000

20,700

22,800

25,900

26,900

25,200

Yorkshire and the Humber

13,900

15,500

15,500

14,700

14,600

13,900

13,400

13,700

14,600

15,700

East Midlands

10,800

11,200

12,600

11,900

12,900

12,100

11,900

12,000

14,800

14,200

West Midlands

16,700

17,600

18,700

18,700

17,300

18,400

18,700

20,500

21,900

23,700

East

13,700

14,400

15,100

15,200

15,000

14,100

16,400

18,400

19,700

17,500

London

29,200

26,300

26,100

23,100

21,800

20,400

21,500

25,300

26,900

30,300

South East

20,600

20,700

21,200

22,200

22,000

21,900

24,900

28,300

23,000

23,300

South West

12,900

13,100

13,600

13,500

13,900

13,700

14,700

15,700

17,400

15,400

Wales

8,600

9,200

10,000

10,500

9,500

10,200

12,900

15,000

16,600

16,000

Total England and Wales

155,200

156,200

161,300

158,400

156,000

153,300

165,500

183,500

190,800

190,400

1 Excludes persons disqualified under s 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (penalty points system).

Table B: Persons disqualified1 at all courts under section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (penalty points system), England and Wales, 1995 to 2004

Number of persons

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Total England and Wales

31,900

31,400

31,100

23,900

34,200

33,600

30,100

30,500

33,300

30,900

1 Disqualifications under section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (penalty points system). Note:Data available at national (England and Wales) level only.

Table C: Proceedings at magistrates courts for the offence of driving while disqualified1, England and Wales, 1995 to 2004

Number of offences

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Total proceedings

53,000

49,800

48,900

48,200

50,000

49,000

51,400

55,600

63,400

59,500

1 Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 103(1). Note:Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their limitations are taken into account when those data are used.