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Driving Offences

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for driving cars while uninsured in each police authority area in the East of England in each year since 1999. (296036)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts in the East of England Government office region for using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks, by police force area, from 1999 to 2007 (latest available) is given in the following table.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication at the end of January 2010.

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks1 in the East of England Government office region, 1999 to 20072,3,4

Area

1999

2000

2001

2002

20035

2004

2005

2006

2007

Bedfordshire

2,113

2,124

2,879

2,871

3,065

2,968

3,090

2,702

2,436

Cambridgeshire

1,665

1,682

1,334

1,518

1,728

1,793

2,003

2,826

1,972

Essex

4,581

5,177

5,076

5,152

4,791

4,724

4,802

4,511

4,865

Hertfordshire

2,822

3,407

3,869

4,675

5,147

5,462

5,820

6,023

4,523

Norfolk

2,092

2,363

2,753

3,166

3,812

3,204

2,725

2,690

2,509

Suffolk

2,307

2,115

2,310

2,594

3,225

3,232

2,588

2,250

1,768

Total

15,580

16,868

18,221

19,976

21,768

21,383

21,028

21,002

18,073

1 Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988, section 143(2). 2 Data given are on a principal offence basis. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. 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 limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 5 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.