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Speed Limits: Fines

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were fined for speeding in (a) England and Wales and (b) in each police force area in each year since 1997; and how much was paid in fines in each area in each year. (167006)

Information on the total revenue from speed limit convictions is not collected centrally.

Available information collected centrally and held by the Ministry of Justice identifies the amount of court imposed fines for such offences within each police force area together with the number of fixed penalties offered. Not all fines and fixed penalties will have been paid.

Available information from 1997 to 2005 (latest available) showing the total number of court imposed fines and fixed penalty notices issued for speeding offences in England and Wales and by police force area are provided in tables A and B respectively.

2006 data will be available next year.

Table A: number of fines1,2 imposed at magistrates courts for speed limit offences3 by police force area, England and Wales, 1997-2005

Number of offences

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Avon and Somerset

7,738

5,643

3,532

4,344

5,709

4,974

6,815

6,923

6,358

Bedfordshire

1,746

3,432

1,913

2,019

2,332

1,551

3,521

1,171

4,507

Cambridgeshire

4,932

3,130

2,653

1,625

756

521

1,163

1,754

2,191

Cheshire

2,709

3,839

3,621

4,591

3,899

3,969

3,088

4,153

2,793

Cleveland

511

976

1,001

984

1,323

1,120

1,282

1,665

1,093

Cumbria

2,073

2,181

2,068

1,521

1,548

1,604

2,002

2,366

2,549

Derbyshire

3,366

3,854

4,209

4,933

6,005

3,685

3,527

3,329

2,853

Devon and Cornwall

3,976

3,229

3,488

4,247

3,809

3,415

4,862

4,869

5,102

Dorset

737

695

792

1,213

902

999

1,486

1,666

3,058

Durham

345

408

905

1,364

1,749

1,603

1,042

716

391

Essex

5,034

4,743

6,618

6,275

9,131

14,570

9,263

8,292

9,960

Gloucestershire

2,343

1,796

1,509

2,131

1,835

877

800

786

750

Greater Manchester

10,837

14,458

13,228

14,505

10,375

7,182

6,265

4,745

7,220

Hampshire

5,565

6,316

7,146

5,995

5,416

4,949

5,270

4,237

5,050

Hertfordshire

2,116

2,838

2,771

2,277

2,088

2,334

2,167

1,806

2,990

Humberside

959

1,037

2,828

1,906

2,434

1,131

1,179

3,592

3,241

Kent

1,533

3,548

1,814

2,245

2,367

1,670

2,995

3,223

3,636

Lancashire

3,904

5,067

5,257

5,166

4,370

3,833

6,759

5,030

4,742

Leicestershire

1,180

1,858

2,255

2,001

1,750

1,726

3,036

2,173

2,184

Lincolnshire

1,880

2,103

3,874

3,528

4,131

3,692

4,257

4,356

4,362

London, City of

125

232

232

163

101

560

1,137

1,790

6,200

Merseyside

3,110

2,002

2,155

1,322

635

579

911

893

679

Metropolitan Police

10,988

11,045

9,203

8,269

8,840

7,530

7,080

6,646

4,361

Norfolk

1,225

1,380

1,697

1,374

1,449

1,269

2,372

2,764

2,824

Northamptonshire

228

92

557

246

403

222

2,836

4,001

3,342

Northumbria

2,100

2,304

2,569

3,519

2,352

2,555

2,207

3,770

2,886

North Yorkshire

2,037

1,766

1,408

1,208

1,412

1,236

1,515

2,034

1,545

Nottinghamshire

580

1,083

1,236

1,332

1,707

2,025

3,780

4,146

4,593

South Yorkshire

2,235

2,304

2,265

2,484

2,587

1,776

1,181

2,584

4,040

Staffordshire

2,663

3,196

3,239

1,815

929

1,091

2,220

4,449

4,408

Suffolk

1,041

1,455

1,648

1,210

1,236

1,266

763

1,820

3,213

Surrey

1,467

2,137

3,220

2,911

3,457

2,005

1,493

279

2,875

Sussex

3,825

3,740

3,258

3,492

2,619

1,745

2,783

247

3,353

Thames Valley

9,507

14,264

10,814

7,801

9,190

10,989

9,339

8,862

8,290

Warwickshire

1,145

1,296

2,960

4,636

3,624

1,743

2,323

1,707

1,842

West Mercia

2,259

2,305

2,259

2,696

2,586

2,214

1,320

383

2,023

West Midlands

5,652

8,622

7,339

3,455

3,949

4,706

5,069

7,362

5,397

West Yorkshire

3,738

4,245

5,553

5,619

4,442

2,295

3,349

4,263

5,204

Wiltshire

4,484

5,428

5,669

2,301

2,163

2,678

4,037

4,022

4,180

England

121,893

140,047

138,763

128,723

125,610

113,889

126,494

128,874

146,285

Dyfed Powys

634

767

771

913

650

614

1,548

1,231

1,904

Gwent

4,728

6,349

7,393

4,036

2,813

2,238

2,645

2,270

2,094

North Wales

1,364

1,538

1,594

2,810

2,655

3,834

4,319

4,597

4,612

South Wales

1,986

2,651

2,706

2,706

1,754

1,980

2,924

4,146

3,350

Wales

8,712

11,305

12,464

10,465

7,872

8,666

11,436

12,244

11,960

Total England and Wales

130,605

151,352

151,227

139,188

133,482

122,555

137,930

141,118

158,245

1 May include cases where a fixed penalty notice was issued and not paid and referred to court.

2 Magistrates courts data only. Fines given at the Crown Court total nationally (England and Wales) less than 20 each year.

3 Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences are 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 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.

Table B: fixed penalty notices issued1 for speed limit offences2 by police force area, England and Wales, 1997-2005

Number of offences

Police force area

1997

1998

19993

20003

20013

20023

20033

2004

2005

Avon and Somerset

7,294

18,327

25,897

36,122

30,339

53,846

99,405

85,331

67,933

Bedfordshire

8,700

10,255

18,008

16,707

13,415

40,338

66,709

56,762

44,736

Cambridgeshire

14,837

13,818

14,562

8,708

6,777

15,435

28,510

19,802

44,997

Cheshire

10,765

23,196

16,393

15,356

16,694

13,578

29,564

40,306

25,056

Cleveland

3,239

10,734

7,717

23,228

24,160

25,264

24,729

19,939

24,912

Cumbria

4,882

4,919

5,058

4,103

3,649

5,797

24,692

31,531

27,441

Derbyshire

17,438

22,785

21,771

18,291

24,949

71,965

44,517

44,412

30,905

Devon and Cornwall

36,150

32,757

33,682

28,091

33,389

31,144

63,916

91,662

53,474

Dorset

11,172

14,738

14,815

18,305

19,605

18,686

63,185

71,832

79,522

Durham

3,213

3,930

4,586

9,180

14,156

7,697

6,538

4,184

2,816

Essex

48,123

19,282

38,097

56,010

87,038

101,063

66,281

68,852

85,745

Gloucestershire

6,260

8,714

6,268

5,781

4,097

3,898

3,139

4,913

10,849

Greater Manchester

54,694

51,145

64,318

59,765

50,448

35,861

44,903

43,531

59,478

Hampshire

27,460

34,555

46,709

27,566

28,995

31,867

45,324

52,587

58,750

Hertfordshire

17,604

14,063

25,687

23,956

23,474

23,203

28,696

61,637

49,738

Humberside

9,735

13,759

12,671

22,209

17,228

13,399

25,755

52,288

48,494

Kent

28,706

28,009

18,954

24,617

23,044

36,645

54,594

66,661

53,289

Lancashire

23,813

32,810

35,335

29,683

27,993

158,163

96,660

63,233

63,568

Leicestershire

5,612

9,729

8,791

8,094

7,750

17,903

45,417

26,357

7,281

Lincolnshire

6,588

12,368

17,913

26,319

31,487

27,490

27,970

29,258

32,613

London, City of

520

907

2,423

353

713

4,782

4,864

6,358

10,275

Merseyside

11,808

15,373

15,968

7,385

4,100

6,484

8,883

8,058

18,411

Metropolitan Police

45,488

36,690

32,061

54,843

58,412

53,334

80,213

104,920

126,426

Norfolk

4,895

5,379

9,267

4,783

5,166

17,116

31,640

26,938

25,117

Northamptonshire

3,722

8,836

7,772

34,809

79,627

60,459

49,902

49,108

47,866

Northumbria

25,693

34,918

37,472

24,265

40,726

41,050

69,018

94,319

55,708

North Yorkshire

11,679

9,924

6,908

5,295

7,436

5,412

5,836

5,971

4,923

Nottinghamshire

4,625

6,289

5,512

23,766

24,556

35,771

53,276

53,188

53,696

South Yorkshire

39,062

31,585

23,544

20,987

21,566

16,096

51,418

42,635

65,352

Staffordshire

22,552

22,044

14,656

13,969

20,372

29,094

47,565

41,249

46,219

Suffolk

7,271

12,640

18,088

12,596

12,416

9,477

16,606

40,847

40,029

Surrey

5,340

10,252

11,035

12,072

10,424

6,052

7,057

8,200

17,509

Sussex

25,124

24,862

22,370

24,990

18,513

23,550

60,364

45,619

58,606

Thames Valley

53,285

62,827

46,034

71,888

154,524

121,677

123,586

92,834

97,049

Warwickshire

1,857

2,510

2,745

2,099

3,136

14,999

27,737

34,206

40,401

West Mercia

15,392

15,502

18,478

22,150

30,504

29,098

78,408

57,844

53,711

West Midlands

9,378

11,586

9,546

5,668

15,806

17,762

43,542

58,052

46,612

West Yorkshire

24,103

29,635

24,791

24,595

20,937

32,126

70,011

68,827

66,031

Wiltshire

11,330

8,494

9,319

16,351

17,941

27,975

42,738

50,641

52,412

England

669,409

730,146

755,221

844,955

1,035,562

1,285,556

1,763,168

1,824,892

1,797,950

Dyfed Powys

6,708

9,272

8,222

8,840

6,868

12,343

3,072

2,221

1,435

Gwent

5,263

4,214

2,050

16,518

13,209

2,960

1,013

859

506

North Wales

9,146

9,920

11,141

16,980

20,245

44,459

61,645

51,069

74,485

South Wales

22,227

27,464

28,850

54,383

75,224

61,948

65,852

45,343

45,189

Wales

43,344

50,870

50,263

96,721

115,546

121,710

131,582

99,492

121,615

Total England and Wales

712,753

781,016

805,484

941,676

1,151,108

1,407,266

1,894,750

1,924,384

1,919,565

1 Only covers notices paid where there is no further action.

2 Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.

3 Revised since original publication following amendments received from forces.

Note:

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 systems generated by 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.