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Motor Vehicles: Licensing

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers were prosecuted for (a) driving without insurance and (b) driving without a licence in each year since 1997; and what the average fine for each of these offences was in each of those years. (229947)

I have been asked to reply.

Available information held by my Department for the offences of ‘using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks’ and ‘driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence’, from 1997-2006 (latest available) are contained in the following tables. Data for 2007 should be available at the end of November 2008.

Table A: Proceedings and average fines imposed at magistrates courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks1, England and Wales, 1997-2006

Total proceedings

Average fine (£)

1997

397,133

224

1998

390,074

214

1999

387,419

212

2000

391,659

203

2001

388,298

150

2002

410,398

155

2003

447,267

160

2004

441,819

169

2005

392,763

177

2006

353,481

185

1 Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 143 (2).

Notes:

1. As from 1 June 2003, ‘driving a motor vehicle while uninsured against third party risks’ became a fixed penalty offence.

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

3. 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 inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Table B: Proceedings and average fines imposed at magistrates courts for the offence of driving without a licence1, England and Wales 1997-2006

Total proceedings

Average fine (£)

1997

217,490

65

1998

225,324

59

1999

236,188

58

2000

254,077

61

2001

259,742

61

2002

277,107

64

2003

305,339

66

2004

311,006

68

2005

272,954

69

2006

230,647

71

1. Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 87 (1) and (2) as amended.

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences is 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 inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.