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Driving: Licences

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 11 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers have lost their licences through disqualification under the penalty points system in the last five years for which data are available. (156530)

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by my Department, from 2000 to 2004 (latest available), is provided in the following table.

2005 data will be available later this year.

Persons disqualified1 at all courts under section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (penalty points system), England and Wales, 2000-04

Number of persons











1 Disqualifications under section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.


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 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.

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. 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.