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Fines: Drivers

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average fine was imposed for the offence of driving uninsured against third party risks in each of the last 10 years. (287698)

The average fine imposed at magistrates courts and at the Crown court for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks in England and Wales for the years 1998 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

The average fine (£) imposed at the magistrates' court and the Crown court for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks1, England and Wales, 1998 to 20072,3

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

20034

2004

2005

2006

2007

Magistrates courts

214

212

203

150

155

160

169

177

185

194

The Crown court

156

193

183

214

150

142

167

185

339

201

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

2 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.

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 limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit