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Speed Limits: Fines

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were fined for speeding in each police force area in 2008; and how much was paid in fines for such offences. (256741)

The number of magistrates courts imposed fines for speed limit offences by police force area in England and Wales for 2007 are given in the following table. Court proceedings data for 2008 are scheduled to be published in the autumn of 2009.

It is not possible to identify separately the payment rate of fines arising from speeding offences. The latest enforcement rate for all financial penalties imposed by the courts is 85 per cent for the period April-December 2008.

In addition to court fines, police officers have the power to issue fixed penalty notices under section 54 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 for speeding offences. The decision as to whether to issue a fixed penalty notice is a matter for the police. Currently the amount payable for a fixed penalty notice for speeding is £60.

Information on the number of fixed penalty notices issued in 2006 (latest available) broken down by police force area is provided in table 2. Data for 2007 are scheduled to be published in April 2009 with 2008 data to be announced.

Table 1: Number of magistrates courts imposed fines1 for speed limit offences2 by police force area, England and Wales, 20073, 4

Police force area

Number of fines1

Avon and Somerset

5,761

Bedfordshire

4,238

Cambridgeshire

4,181

Cheshire

3,136

Cleveland

1,194

Cumbria

2,470

Derbyshire

2,846

Devon and Cornwall

3,940

Dorset

2,340

Durham

650

Essex

7,247

Gloucestershire

1,111

Greater Manchester

4,521

Hampshire

4,789

Hertfordshire

2,525

Humberside

2,182

Kent

3,181

Lancashire

7,463

Leicestershire

1,802

Lincolnshire

3,800

London, City of

460

Merseyside

3,010

Metropolitan police

5,882

Norfolk

2,669

Northamptonshire

2,919

Northumbria

3,570

North Yorkshire

2,004

Nottinghamshire

3,387

South Yorkshire

4,167

Staffordshire

4,540

Suffolk

3,401

Surrey

3,514

Sussex

3,965

Thames Valley

5,883

Warwickshire

1,340

West Mercia

2,651

West Midlands

4,652

West Yorkshire

5,638

Wiltshire

5,005

Dyfed Powys

945

Gwent

1,125

North Wales

4,345

South Wales

2,394

Total England and Wales

146,843

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 & 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limit on Motorways) Regs. 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926 - byelaws made thereunder.

3 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.

4 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. [Ref; IOS 98-09]

Table 2: Fixed penalty notices issued1 for speed limit offences2 by police force area, England and Wales 2006

Police force area

Number

Avon and Somerset

52,606

Bedfordshire

48,407

Cambridgeshire

20,502

Cheshire

28,570

Cleveland

19,044

Cumbria

32,023

Derbyshire

31,484

Devon and Cornwall

42,467

Dorset

51,599

Durham

2,817

Essex

60,705

Gloucestershire

13,406

Greater Manchester

60,282

Hampshire

49,404

Hertfordshire

81,805

Humberside

36,718

Kent

47,179

Lancashire

57,658

Leicestershire

24,605

Lincolnshire

25,750

London, City of

5,089

Merseyside

33,049

Metropolitan

102,482

Norfolk

24,985

North Yorkshire

42,242

Northamptonshire

51,880

Northumbria

5,256

Nottinghamshire

42,916

South Yorkshire

51,462

Staffordshire

50,823

Suffolk

34,442

Surrey

39,520

Sussex

48,627

Thames Valley

137,312

Warwickshire

30,316

West Mercia

46,213

West Midlands

44,497

West Yorkshire

49,528

Wiltshire

51,458

Dyfed Powys

1,054

Gwent

531

North Wales

59,491

South Wales

33,208

England and Wales

1,773,412

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.

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.