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Motoring Offences

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have had their driving licence endorsed for (a) driving while disqualified by order of court, (b) attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court, (c) driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, (d) using a vehicle with defective brakes and (e) using a vehicle with defective tyres in each of the last 10 years. (97833)

I have been asked to reply.

Available data given in the table show the number of endorsements imposed at all courts and as a result of fixed penalty notices, by offence, within England and Wales from 1997 to 2004 (latest available).

2005 data will be available early in 2007.

Endorsements by order of the court and as a result of a Fixed Penalty Notice by type of offence, England and Wales, 1997 to 2004

Number of offences

Type of endorsement/Type of offence

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Endorsements without disqualification imposed at all courts

Driving while disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence1

24,303

23,100

25,800

24,700

24,200

25,100

27,500

24,200

Careless driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for other road users2

50,503

46,800

42,100

36,800

32,000

28,600

26,600

24,600

Total vehicles or parts in dangerous or defective condition3

44,003

41,600

36,700

29,100

22,800

20,100

18,300

17,100

Of which:

Brakes defective4

3,100

2,800

2,100

1,900

1,400

1,200

1,100

900

Tyres defective5

32,100

30,000

26,600

20,800

16,100

14,400

13,000

12,200

Endorsements as a result of a Fixed Penalty Notice

Driving while disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence1

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Careless driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for other road users2

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Total vehicles or parts in dangerous or defective condition3

14,703

15,000

11,200

8,000

6,700

5,600

6,200

7,000

Of which:

Brakes defective4

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Tyres defective5

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

1 Offence under s103(1) Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA88). Includes attempting (see s103(3) RTA88).

2 Offences under s3 RTA88.

3 Includes offences of brakes defective, steering defective, tyres defective and using vehicle in dangerous condition etc.

4 Offences under Regs 16 and 18 and Sch 3 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (RV(C&U)Regs86); s41A RTA88 as added by s8 Road Traffic Act 1991 (RTA91).

5 Offences under Regs 25-27 RV(C&U)Regs86; s41A RTA88 as added by s8 RTA91.

6 Not applicable.

7 Not available.

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to summary monitoring offences, may be less than complete.

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 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.