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Road Safety

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists have been (a) cautioned, (b) charged and (c) successfully prosecuted in each of the last five years for (i) being under the influence of illegal drugs, (ii) being above the legal alcoholic limit and (iii) using a mobile telephone while cycling. (96894)

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the number of cautions, prosecutions, and convictions for the number of cyclists being under the influence of drugs and alcohol, in England and Wales, 2000 to 2004 can be found in the following tables. It is not possible to separately identify the number of cyclists cautioned, prosecuted, or convicted, while under the influence of either drink or drugs.

A regulation prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving came into force on 1 December 2003. The regulation does not apply to cyclists, although the police have powers to deal with careless or dangerous cycling.

The number of cyclists cautioned, proceeded against and convicted for cycling dangerously can be found in the following tables.

It is not possible to identify cases where people have been charged, as this information is not held centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. While the Home Office does collect data on those recorded crime offences which are dealt with by means of a charge or summons, the offences asked for in this PQ are summary and do not form part of the recorded crime series.

Number of persons cautioned, prosecuted at magistrates courts, or found guilty at all courts, for certain pedal cycling offences in England and Wales, 2000 to 20041, 2

Cautions

Statute

Offence description

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Road Traffic Act 1988 section 28

Dangerous riding by pedal cyclist

9

4

2

7

3

Road Traffic Act 1988 section 30

Pedal cyclist riding under the influence of drink or drugs

20

9

10

7

14

Total

29

13

12

14

17

Prosecutions3

Statute

Offence description

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Road Traffic Act 1988 section 28

Dangerous riding by pedal cyclist

29

30

27

21

37

Road Traffic Act 1988 section 30

Pedal cyclist riding under the influence of drink or drugs

70

46

44

55

45

Total

99

76

71

76

82

Found guilty3

Statute

Offence description

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Road Traffic Act 1988 section 28

Dangerous riding by pedal cyclist

23

19

18

18

32

Road Traffic Act 1988 section 30

Pedal cyclist riding under the influence of drink or drugs

58

38

38

43

40

Total

81

57

56

61

72

1 These data are provided on the principal offence basis.

2 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. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

Source:

RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists have been (a) cautioned, (b) charged and (c) successfully prosecuted for using (i) noisy exhaust systems and (ii) loud stereo systems in each of the last five years. (96896)

Information on drivers charged with motoring offences is not collected centrally.

Available data on written warnings (including cautions) and prosecutions for noise offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regs. 54-58, 97-99 combined, from 2000 to 2004 (latest available), are provided in the following tables.

2005 data will be available early in 2007.

Table A: Written warnings1 for noise offences2: England and Wales: 2000 to 2004

Number of offences

2000

158

2001

148

2002

153

2003

99

2004

71

1 Includes cautions for the offence.

2 Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regs. 54-58 and 97-99.

Table B: Proceedings at magistrates courts and findings of guilt at all courts for noise offences1: England and Wales, 2000 to 2004

Number of offences

Total proceedings

Total findings of guilt

2000

4,616

3,334

2001

3,688

2,636

2002

3,221

2,272

2003

2,653

1,807

2004

2,048

1,479

1 Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regs. 54-58 and 97-99.

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 inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists were (a) cautioned and (b) charged for (i) going through red lights and (ii) cycling in the dark without lights in each year since 1997. (96898)

It is not possible to identify the number of cyclists cautioned for traffic light offences in England and Wales, as this offence is grouped with a range of other cycling offences and cannot be separated.

The number of cyclists cautioned, or prosecuted, for cycling without lights can be found in the following table.

It is not possible to identify cases where people have been charged, as this information is not held centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Whilst the Home Office does collect data on those recorded crime offences which are dealt with by means of a charge or summons, the offences asked for in this PQ are summary and do not form part of the recorded crime series.

Court proceedings data for 2005 will be available in November 2006.

Number of persons cautioned, or, prosecuted at magistrates courts for pedal cycle lighting offences1, in England and Wales, 1997 to 20042, 3

Cautions

Prosecutions4

1997

406

412

1998

398

624

1999

330

459

2000

143

274

2001

61

179

2002

39

180

2003

25

213

2004

77

175

1 Includes the following statute and offence description:

Road Traffic Act 1988 Sec 81(2). Road Vehicle Lighting Regs1989.

Pedal cycle lighting and reflector offences (RVL Regs 1984). Offences in respect of pedal cycles.

2 These data are provided on the principal offence basis.

3 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. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

4 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

Source:

RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform