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Road Traffic Offences

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by her Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. (183360)

The Department makes use of vehicles from the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA), the HM Prison Service Transport Unit and the vehicles of staff members used in the course of their official duties.

For the GCDA I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1014-5W, by my hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.

For the HMPS Transport Unit the following tables gives the traffic penalties received for Crown vehicles over the last two years, the only years available. These figures cover both Home Office and HMPS usage:

Traffic penalties

Notices of intended prosecution (speeding)

Penalty Charge Notices (parking)

2006

94

46

2007

52

41

Data on the split of penalties between Home Office and HMPS per the above are not available. However usage of the vehicles is approximately split 40 per cent. Home Office, 60 per cent HMPS.

Penalty charge notices are forwarded immediately onto the driver for payment, while notices of intended prosecution for speeding are returned to the relevant authority with the name and address of the driver. They then contact them direct regarding payment of fines or issue of penalty points. The Department therefore does not have any details regarding the total costs involved.

Lease vehicles are also provided by HMPS Transport Unit, however information on these could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Penalties incurred by staff members using their own vehicles while on official duty are the responsibility of the individuals concerned. The Department does not hold records of these penalties.