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Road Safety

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for (i) failing to wear a crash helmet and (ii) unlawful pillion riding in each year for which figures are available since 1997, broken down by police force area. (102453)

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the years 1997 to 2004 (latest available) is given in the table. 2005 data will be available early 2007.

Proceedings at magistrates courts and the number of fines given for offences of driving or riding on a motor cycle without wearing protective headgear1 by police force area, England and Wales 1997-2004

Number of offences

1997

1998

1999

2000

Police force area

Total proceedings

Fine

Total proceedings

Fine

Total proceedings

Fine

Total proceedings

Fine

Avon and Somerset

66

16

43

13

51

9

36

9

Bedfordshire

11

4

11

1

11

4

18

2

Cambridgeshire

42

9

38

10

28

4

40

6

Cheshire

38

10

50

17

53

24

54

22

Cleveland

43

10

43

10

24

8

45

4

Cumbria

44

7

39

8

33

3

31

6

Derbyshire

63

13

89

28

42

10

40

9

Devon and Cornwall

32

6

34

7

50

10

41

8

Dorset

33

4

26

5

22

2

23

3

Durham

54

12

49

13

54

16

76

22

Essex

67

20

83

25

66

21

95

26

Gloucestershire

31

3

15

5

19

4

23

4

Greater Manchester

100

21

146

44

124

35

177

56

Hampshire

74

14

117

30

84

26

83

22

Hertfordshire

38

13

33

12

22

10

30

9

Humberside

98

15

90

16

90

14

69

14

Kent

46

26

49

16

42

17

56

17

Lancashire

114

34

113

28

97

34

97

25

Leicestershire

26

3

31

3

43

7

32

3

Lincolnshire

43

13

39

8

27

11

43

12

London, City of

4

3

2

2

3

1

2

2

Merseyside

76

11

68

6

80

13

67

11

Metropolitan Police

179

76

174

70

203

73

214

83

Norfolk

33

12

30

10

36

15

46

18

Northamptonshire

31

9

75

17

91

8

51

6

Northumbria

149

23

199

33

197

27

163

24

North Yorkshire

59

10

44

9

52

12

59

22

Nottinghamshire

79

13

67

9

55

11

38

5

South Yorkshire

113

18

89

11

102

15

110

22

Staffordshire

45

5

48

10

35

10

49

12

Suffolk

33

15

30

9

38

11

41

18

Surrey

14

4

12

5

17

13

24

9

Sussex

48

11

50

11

29

4

42

12

Thames Valley

46

13

44

12

42

9

49

14

Warwickshire

27

10

50

11

21

8

40

14

West Mercia

69

26

71

10

58

17

55

10

West Midlands

156

44

113

31

117

37

131

31

West Yorkshire

105

13

114

19

114

16

107

8

Wiltshire

23

7

25

9

15

3

27

7

Dyfed Powys

23

12

13

7

15

7

32

14

Gwent

38

18

28

17

33

10

24

9

North Wales

27

16

27

14

19

15

15

6

South Wales

78

16

82

10

74

18

81

17

England and Wales

2,519

638

2,593

641

2,428

622

2,576

653

Number of offences

2001

2002

2003

2004

Police force area

Total proceedings

Fine

Total proceedings

Fine

Total proceedings

Fine

Total proceedings

Fine

Avon and Somerset

95

20

45

5

48

6

54

15

Bedfordshire

12

4

22

2

17

2

18

1

Cambridgeshire

33

10

33

4

17

3

24

6

Cheshire

59

14

55

18

43

6

42

12

Cleveland

56

12

60

12

56

16

66

15

Cumbria

34

5

36

10

28

6

30

8

Derbyshire

41

9

29

8

49

7

59

16

Devon and Cornwall

51

11

36

18

30

5

50

13

Dorset

24

7

22

2

26

13

1

Durham

77

13

55

11

37

8

57

15

Essex

87

28

57

13

55

14

63

13

Gloucestershire

20

2

10

15

2

17

3

Greater Manchester

190

62

155

37

161

41

169

50

Hampshire

78

24

94

30

82

27

81

21

Hertfordshire

41

11

35

9

37

10

52

17

Humberside

81

15

59

4

78

8

64

18

Kent

48

22

66

27

66

24

70

31

Lancashire

102

16

95

14

98

18

85

21

Leicestershire

42

9

42

9

62

4

53

5

Lincolnshire

47

18

25

6

43

7

24

6

London, City of

3

2

2

2

4

2

14

5

Merseyside

95

13

57

9

106

17

106

12

Metropolitan Police

223

81

235

71

218

59

298

106

Norfolk

38

11

36

7

29

6

41

11

Northamptonshire

19

1

1

16

1

19

7

Northumbria

189

31

134

19

158

24

177

33

North Yorkshire

43

4

52

9

44

8

35

6

Nottinghamshire

52

11

54

4

64

7

58

7

South Yorkshire

112

23

67

2

65

11

58

7

Staffordshire

39

11

47

11

57

12

67

11

Suffolk

51

11

35

8

39

9

39

19

Surrey

15

5

15

3

28

7

23

4

Sussex

37

8

30

9

24

5

24

4

Thames Valley

53

13

38

8

48

14

53

15

Warwickshire

24

5

17

2

27

7

19

8

West Mercia

34

10

41

9

64

23

32

6

West Midlands

189

59

145

36

122

34

165

63

West Yorkshire

78

13

92

12

102

34

110

41

Wiltshire

24

6

28

4

29

7

43

9

Dyfed Powys

32

11

24

10

22

9

20

5

Gwent

26

13

26

4

32

8

23

6

North Wales

15

6

13

3

24

7

27

5

South Wales

85

18

92

17

68

8

45

9

England and Wales

2,694

678

2,312

498

2,438

533

2,587

686

1 Offences under the Motor Cycles (Protective Helmets) regulations 1998; Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 16 (4).

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. Work is under way to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system currently being implemented by the Department for Constitutional Affairs reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.

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 these data are used.