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Driving: Insurance

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place against uninsured drivers in the Northumbria police force area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (154307)

The latest figures are for the period 1997 to 2004 and are given as follows. Figures for 2005 will be available later this year.

Proceedings at magistrates courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks1, Northumbria police force area, 1997 to 2004

Total proceedings

1997

12,470

1998

11,837

1999

13,296

2000

13,195

2001

12,504

2002

12,309

20032

12,951

2004

11,685

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.

Notes:

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 underway to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system currently being implemented by the Ministry of Justice reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.

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.

Source:

Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.