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Speed Limits: South West

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding in (i) Stroud, (ii) Gloucestershire and (iii) south west England in each of the last five years. (250784)

Speeding offences, under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limit on Motorways) Regulations 1973, can be dealt with by way of written warnings, court proceedings or the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.

Available information collected centrally on the Court Proceedings Database, held by the Ministry of Justice, on the number of persons given a court fine for speed limit offences within the Gloucestershire police force area and the South West region from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is provided in table 1.

Information collected centrally by the Home Office on the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued for speeding offences, by area, for the period 2002 to 2006 (latest available) is given in table 2. Data for 2007 are due to be published in the spring of 2009.

Formal cautions are not given for motoring offences.

Data are collected centrally by police force area and therefore information for Stroud is not available.

Table 1: Number of magistrates courts imposed fines1 for speed limit offences2 within the Gloucestershire police force area, and the South West region3, 2003-074,5

Number of offences

Area

Number of fines1

2003

Gloucestershire

800

South West Region

18,000

2004

Gloucestershire

786

South West Region

18,266

2005

Gloucestershire

750

South West Region

19,448

2006

Gloucestershire

1,398

South West Region

21,976

2007

Gloucestershire

1,111

South West Region

18,157

1 Magistrates courts data only. Fines given at the Crown Court total nationally (England and Wales) less than 10 each year.

2 Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 ss. 16, 81, 84, 86, 88 and 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limit on Motorways) Regs 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926—byelaws made thereunder.

3 Includes, Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police force areas.

4 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.

5 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.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit.

Table 2: Fixed penalty notices issued1 for speed limit offences2 in Gloucestershire police force area and the South West local government office region, 2002-06

Number of offences

Police force area

20023

20033

2004

2005

2006

Gloucestershire

3,898

3,139

4,913

10,849

13,406

South West Region4

135,549

272,383

304,379

264,190

211,536

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.

4 Includes following police force areas: Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire.

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.