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Motoring Offences

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were prosecuted for driving without insurance in each police authority area in each year since 1997. (95450)

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, for the offence of “using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks”, from 1997-2004 (latest available) is provided in the following table.

2005 data will be available early in 2007.

Proceedings at magistrates courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks1, England and Wales 1997-2004

Number of offences

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

20032

2004

Avon and Somerset

15,354

16,892

15,098

14,609

13,022

15,124

17,163

17,489

Bedfordshire

4,724

4,449

3,479

3,594

4,651

4,731

5,041

4,534

Cambridgeshire

3,440

3,425

3,058

2,929

2,508

2,875

3,301

3,120

Cheshire

4,838

4,961

5,463

5,729

4,975

5,765

6,385

6,515

Cleveland

3,925

4,204

4,331

4,793

4,789

5,994

5,575

6,597

Cumbria

4,223

3,787

3,597

3,507

3,595

3,540

3,488

3,446

Derbyshire

5,565

5,137

5,120

5,318

5,429

5,614

5,793

6,326

Devon and Cornwall

8,422

7,232

7,493

9,234

8,648

9,598

9,676

8,943

Dorset

5,271

4,198

4,776

6,035

5,262

6,176

7,034

6,075

Durham

3,992

4,261

5,899

5,470

5,394

5,840

5,802

5,300

Essex

7,161

7,025

7,336

7,898

7,708

7,811

7,489

7,132

Gloucestershire

3,577

4,465

4,443

4,174

4,683

4,417

4,412

3,695

Greater Manchester

30,655

30,836

33,228

33,783

37,088

36,337

38,208

34,942

Hampshire

11,768

11,557

11,553

10,559

10,349

10,912

10,619

9,750

Hertfordshire

4,580

5,799

4,748

5,258

5,816

6,612

7,216

7,463

Humberside

4,408

4,279

4,894

5,024

4,730

4,464

5,509

5,170

Kent

6,935

6,958

6,151

9,033

9,592

10,059

9,788

10,673

Lancashire

20,334

18,794

18,111

18,354

16,280

17,555

21,229

16,065

Leicestershire

9,706

9,481

11,054

10,263

10,475

10,699

11,304

10,833

Lincolnshire

4,589

5,000

5,345

4,500

4,083

4,242

5,883

6,621

London, City of

2,671

3,127

2,521

1,738

1,826

2,353

2,563

2,812

Merseyside

10,896

9,747

8,932

10,054

9,467

10,360

12,776

13,023

Metropolitan Police

42,283

35,064

31,285

29,649

32,032

36,485

43,100

47,806

Norfolk

3,932

3,434

3,468

3,951

4,744

5,563

6,322

5,084

Northamptonshire

4,999

4,849

5,571

3,949

2,028

1,211

4,157

5,804

Northumbria

12,470

11,837

13,296

13,195

12,504

12,309

12,951

11,685

North Yorkshire

3,926

3,744

4,003

3,905

3,545

3,340

3,774

4,065

Nottinghamshire

8,078

8,726

7,957

7,748

7,856

7,460

9,224

9,224

South Yorkshire

11,228

11,553

11,763

12,690

14,623

13,859

13,745

11,416

Staffordshire

8,180

8,210

8,021

8,777

6,027

7,056

7,214

7,439

Suffolk

3,258

3,743

4,189

3,923

4,123

4,759

5,808

5,718

Surrey

4,942

3,908

4,436

4,941

5,101

5,554

4,657

3,927

Sussex

9,333

8,202

7,415

6,796

6,814

6,413

5,808

4,371

Thames Valley

11,887

11,948

13,543

12,816

11,728

12,842

14,516

12,920

Warwickshire

4,316

3,769

3,523

4,135

4,204

3,711

3,756

4,160

West Mercia

7,082

8,207

7,450

7,686

7,787

7,849

7,735

7,249

West Midlands

29,878

30,928

27,409

28,148

27,010

32,339

36,409

39,696

West Yorkshire

23,980

23,549

25,776

26,529

27,618

24,873

26,966

32,404

Wiltshire

3,463

4,820

4,708

4,901

5,292

5,326

4,794

4,641

Dyfed-Powys

3,079

2,852

3,017

3,072

2,953

3,316

3,094

2,244

Gwent

4,097

4,478

4,451

4,680

4,758

4,508

4,083

3,474

North Wales

4,859

4,452

4,102

3,697

3,376

4,048

5,968

6,022

South Wales

14,829

16,187

15,406

14,615

13,805

16,499

16,932

15,946

England and Wales

397,133

390,074

387,419

391,659

388,298

410,398

447,267

441,819

1 An offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 143 (2). 2 As from 1 June 2003, “driving a motor vehicle while uninsured against third party risks” became a fixed penalty offence. 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.