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Road Traffic Offences

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. (183357)

The information is as follows.

(a) Parking tickets

Information relating to the exact number of tickets issued during each year is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The following table provides figures for parking fines paid by our agent from 1999 to date.

£

1999

480.00

2000

1,141.50

2001

2,383.50

2002

3,665.00

2003

100.00

2004

1,470.00

2005

1,150.00

2006

347.50

2007

410.00

2008

0

(b) Speeding fines

The Ministry or its agents have paid no speeding fines. When a fixed penalty notice (or notice of impending prosecution) is received it is returned to the issuing authority with the driver’s name and address. A central record is not kept of these occurrences.

I also refer the hon. Member to the response provided by the Department for Transport in respect of vehicles provided by GCDA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) imprisonable and (b) non-imprisonable driving offences were committed by holders of European driving licences in the latest period for which figures are available. (187934)

Breaches of road traffic legislations can be dealt with by written warnings (including formal cautions), fixed penalty notices and court proceedings. The data held centrally by my Department on these actions are unable to distinguish offences committed by foreign licence holders.