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Driving Offences: Insurance

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for the offence of driving without insurance in each of the last five years. (289333)

The number of findings of guilt for using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks in England and Wales from 2003 to 2007 is shown in the following table.

An amendment to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, s. 143 means that driving a motor vehicle while uninsured against third party risks a fixed penalty offence as from 1 June 2003. Initially, offenders are, when appropriate, offered a £200 fixed penalty; this can be increased to a maximum of £5,000 if the matter goes to court.

2008 data will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of findings of guilt for using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks at all courts, England and Wales, 2003 to 20071,2,3

Proceeded against

2003

323,372

2004

322,816

2005

289,348

2006

267,673

2007

232,811

1 Includes offences 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.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit.