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Driving Offences

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for driving without insurance in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008. (227073)

Available information on magistrates courts proceedings for the offence of ‘use of a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks’ from 1997 to end 2006 (latest available) is contained in the following table. Data for 2007 will be available later this year; while 2008 data will be available later in 2009.

From 1 June 2003, the offence of ‘use of a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks’ became a fixed penalty offence. The table does not include fixed penalty notices issued and paid where there is no further action for the offence but may include cases where fixed penalty notices were issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.

Proceedings at magistrates courts for ‘using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks’1, by GOR, 1997 to 2006

Number of offences

Government office region

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

20032

2004

2005

2006

Wales

26,864

27,969

26,976

26,064

24,892

28,371

30,077

27,686

22,696

22,363

North East

20,387

20,302

23,526

23,458

22,687

24,143

24,328

23,582

20,793

17,645

North West

70,946

68,125

69,331

71,427

71,405

73,557

82,086

73,991

66,415

56,686

Yorkshire and the Humber

43,542

43,125

46,436

48,148

50,516

46,536

49,994

53,055

46,618

40,303

East Midlands

32,937

33,193

35,047

31,778

29,871

29,226

36,361

38,808

30,618

25,359

West Midlands

49,456

51,114

46,403

48,746

45,028

50,955

55,114

58,544

52,623

46,880

East

27,095

27,875

26,278

27,553

29,550

32,351

35,177

33,051

31,666

30,464

London

44,954

38,191

33,806

31,387

33,858

38,838

45,663

50,618

48,722

47,707

South East

44,865

42,573

43,098

44,145

43,584

45,780

45,388

41,641

36,732

34,259

South West

36,087

37,607

36,518

38,953

36,907

40,641

43,079

40,843

35,880

31,815

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:

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.

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 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving using a mobile phone in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2008 to date. (227142)

Available information on prosecutions in the period 1 December 2003 to end 2006 (latest available) taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by my Department, are provided in the following table. 2007 data should be available later this year; 2008 data will be available late in 2009.

The vast majority of “use of hand held mobile phone while driving” offences are dealt with by the offer of a fixed penalty. The table does not include fixed penalty notices but does include cases where fixed penalty notices were issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.

Proceedings at magistrates courts1,2 for the offence of ‘use of hand held mobile phone while driving’2, by drivers under age 25, and by Government office regions, England and Wales, 2004, 2005, 2006Number of offencesGovernment office region200420052006North East7525North West285172Yorkshire and the Humber103037East Midlands72419West Midlands111520East161945London52115103South East133535South West111623Wales413141 Includes cases where a fixed penalty notice was originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.2 Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3). Introduced 1 December 2003. In December 2003, there was one prosecution in the Bedfordshire police force area. The offender was aged over 25.Note: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.. 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 inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.