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Road Traffic Offences: East of England

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding offences in (i) St Albans constituency, (ii) Hertfordshire and (iii) the East of England in each of the last five years. (254224)

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 Hertfordshire police force area and the east of England Government office region from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is provided in table 1 as follows.

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 as follows. Data for 2007 are due to be published in the spring of 2009.

Formal cautions are not given for motoring offences.

Data collected centrally are available at police force area level only and therefore information for St. Albans constituency is not available.

Table 1: Number of magistrates courts imposed fines1 for speed limit offences2 within the Hertfordshire police force area, and the east of England Government office region3, 2003 to 20074, 5

Number of offences

Area

Number of fines1

2003

Hertfordshire

2,167

East region

19,249

2004

Hertfordshire

1,806

East region

17,607

2005

Hertfordshire

2,990

East region

25,685

2006

Hertfordshire

2,915

East region

24,907

2007

Hertfordshire

2,525

East region

24,261

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, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk 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 Hertfordshire police force area and the east of England local government office region, 2002 to 2006

Number of offences

Police force area

20023

20033

2004

2005

2006

Hertfordshire

23,203

28,696

61,637

49,738

81,805

East of England4

206,632

238,442

274,838

290,362

270,846

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: Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

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.