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Driving Offences

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received (a) one and (b) more than one fixed penalty notice for driving without insurance in each year since 2003. (118252)

A person cannot be offered more than one fixed penalty for uninsured driving in any one year. The offence carries obligatory endorsement of six to eight penalty points, so a second offence would render a person liable to disqualification under totting-up and a fixed penalty cannot be offered in such circumstances.

Available information taken from the Motoring Offences Fixed Penalty Notices collection held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, from 2003 to 2004 (latest available) on the number of notices issued for the offence of driving without insurance is provided in the table.

2005 data will be available later in the year.

Total number of fixed penalty notices issued1,2 for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks3, England and Wales, 2003-04

Number of offences





1 As from 1 June 2003, ‘driving a motor vehicle while uninsured against third party risks’ became a fixed penalty offence.

2 Only covers tickets paid where there is no further action.

3 An offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 143 (2).


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 limitations are taken into account when these data are used.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) Lancashire for driving without insurance in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2006. (118028)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 193W.