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Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued in each police force area for riding a bicycle on the pavement in the last year for which figures are available. (289254)

Information provided by the Ministry of Justice showing the number of offenders cautioned for “Riding a pedal cycle on a footpath” in England and Wales, broken down by police force area in 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in following the table. Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

Number of offenders cautioned1 for “riding a pedal cycle on a footpath” under section 72 of the 1835 Highway Act, in England and Wales, broken down by police force area, 20072,3,4

Police force area

Cautions

Cumbria

8

North Wales

1

England and Wales

9

1 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

2 The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

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 inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

4 Where a police force area is not listed in the above table, nil data are appropriate. Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform