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Driving Offences

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of drivers who were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in each of the last 10 years had previously been banned from driving. (302351)

The data held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the court proceedings database for England and Wales do not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, including whether an offender found guilty at court had previously been banned from driving.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of people who were convicted of dangerous driving in each of the last 10 years were not insured to drive the vehicle in which the offence was committed. (302352)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only by analysing approximately 50,000 cases which would require manual collation at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for (a) offences of drink driving and (b) each other motoring offence resulted in a custodial sentence in (i) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (ii) the East of England and (iii) England in each of the last 10 years. (302926)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in the Bedfordshire police force area, the East of England Government office region and England for driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs and other motoring offences (by offence type) is given in tables 1, 2 and 3 from 1998 to 2007 (latest available). Sentences of immediate custody imposed at all courts are given in tables 4, 5 and 6.

Court proceedings data are not available at parliamentary constituency level.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Table 1: Defendants found guilty at all courts in the Bedfordshire police force area, for motoring offences,1 by offence type, from 1998 to 20072, 3

Number

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving:

29

27

28

36

38

54

36

43

44

40

3

Driving etc., after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

964

777

713

845

880

977

986

969

1,060

963

4

Careless driving

249

154

183

206

187

160

134

168

235

354

5

Accident offences

59

68

72

66

64

64

59

47

71

73

7

Driving licence related offences

492

439

387

471

489

618

690

611

558

504

9

Vehicle insurance offences

2,310

1,625

1,473

1,958

2,172

2,361

2,291

2,429

2,217

1,984

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

77

26

25

25

37

42

17

101

140

40

11

Work record and employment offences

51

3

18

21

23

32

11

14

8

1

12

Operator's licence offences

3

1

4

2

5

3

2

1

2

13

Vehicle test offences

349

211

171

192

88

84

77

71

69

49

14

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records

40

41

18

17

27

27

15

24

19

8

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

95

51

301

56

42

29

36

20

31

38

16

Speed limit offences

3,369

2,278

1,978

2,260

1,468

3,481

3,379

4,503

4,234

4,175

17

Motorway offences (other than speeding)

9

5

7

16

7

14

14

18

13

15

18

Neglect of traffic directions

206

70

63

78

61

67

218

678

420

426

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

41

21

11

11

20

11

17

22

17

19

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

122

44

19

14

13

72

5

7

10

7

21

Lighting offences

47

23

18

18

24

23

11

12

28

19

22

Noise offences

4

6

7

2

1

1

1

2

23

Load offences

72

49

87

44

38

69

36

21

18

26

24

Offences peculiar to motor cycles

1

2

1

2

4

4

4

3

1

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

95

201

127

163

73

70

124

252

194

596

Total

8,684

6,122

5,711

6,501

5,753

8,265

8,164

10,017

9,390

9,342

1 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. 2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. 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 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: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

Table 2: Defendants found guilty at all courts in the East of England Government office region,1 for motoring offences,2 by offence type, from 1998 to 20073, 4

Number

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

358

335

284

291

379

436

398

375

368

378

3

Driving etc., after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

7,646

7,343

6,729

7,201

7,800

8,178

8,605

8,234

8,679

8,251

4

Careless driving

4,817

4,215

4,143

3,954

3,264

2,862

2,515

3,027

2,937

4,123

5

Accident offences

727

663

706

706

744

800

789

674

746

783

7

Driving licence related offences

2,963

3,107

3,147

3,256

3,556

4,230

4,404

4,150

4,013

3,863

9

Vehicle insurance offences

13,324

12,497

12,335

12,540

13,775

15,994

16,228

16,489

17,268

15,107

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

646

306

686

1,166

1,443

1,919

1,547

2,370

2,031

1,904

11

Work record and employment offences

439

415

311

276

331

269

206

208

205

136

12

Operator's licence offences

212

179

181

120

92

81

9

91

101

42

13

Vehicle test offences

3,150

2,568

2,279

1,934

1,751

1,602

1,404

1,173

1,147

861

14

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records

643

558

518

532

472

473

284

186

180

133

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

1,597

1,206

1,201

838

741

639

736

657

765

746

16

Speed limit offences

17,818

17,107

14,577

16,712

21,177

18,843

19,414

25,185

24,186

23,634

17

Motorway offences (other than speeding)

134

65

87

109

113

159

150

215

153

161

18

Neglect of traffic directions

3,341

2,510

2,769

2,605

1,987

2,134

2,002

2,376

2,490

2,353

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

383

315

286

207

189

152

148

135

119

161

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

1,394

1,367

1,185

921

1,024

859

625

562

500

517

21

Lighting offences

423

321

277

191

204

180

217

172

209

186

22

Noise offences

192

147

106

77

78

66

54

42

48

37

23

Load offences

1,337

1,137

833

650

640

924

817

813

833

550

24

Offences peculiar to motor cycles

34

29

41

40

29

21

33

34

23

15

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

2,242

3,307

2,075

2,548

3,125

4,455

5,504

5,800

4,063

5,565

Total

63,820

59,697

54,756

56,874

62,914

65,276

66,179

72,968

71,064

69,506

1 Includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk police force areas. 2 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. 3 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. 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. 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: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

Table 3: Defendants found guilty at all courts in England, for motoring offences,1 by offence type, from 1998 to 20072, 3

Number

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

4,024

3,633

3,716

3,807

4,512

5,035

4,951

4,330

3,987

3,817

3

Driving etc., after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

77,578

74,413

71,471

70,854

76,191

78,291

80,986

79,005

78,410

76,145

4

Careless driving

39,524

33,414

29,016

25,646

22,582

20,279

19,711

19,325

18,204

27,106

5

Accident offences

5,639

5,406

5,107

5,384

5,243

5,613

5,749

5,469

5,419

5,535

7

Driving licence related offences

37,043

37,389

37,656

38,518

41,512

49,042

52,550

48,895

43,901

41,710

9

Vehicle insurance offences

157,532

155,039

159,841

157,522

170,470

194,103

204,708

188,749

181,047

162,854

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

10,856

8,930

10,567

12,180

17,822

21,896

21,380

12,211

10,136

10,213

11

Work record and employment offences

6,017

5,006

4,493

3,940

3,107

2,890

2,336

2,030

1,830

1,338

12

Operator's licence offences

1,784

1,476

1,580

1,263

981

777

704

703

640

461

13

Vehicle test offences

22,485

19,754

16,302

13,842

12,798

13,583

13,066

11,242

9,108

7,166

14

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records

4,251

3,845

3,235

3,270

3,077

3,021

2,445

1,816

1,404

1,029

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

17,446

14,476

11,661

9,141

7,670

6,961

7,387

6,674

6,207

6,189

16

Speed limit offences

138,463

133,535

124,105

121,515

110,485

122,839

134,134

141,995

137,022

134,144

17

Motorway offences (other than speeding)

1,866

1,373

2,088

1,481

1,792

1,181

1,423

1,751

1,186

1,070

18

Neglect of traffic directions

26,337

24,999

25,486

23,582

21,516

20,823

22,372

19,556

21,076

21,077

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

4,814

4,009

3,104

2,471

2,079

2,169

2,139

1,909

1,514

1,552

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

15,418

14,777

12,702

12,070

11,606

12,037

9,747

7,190

5,742

3,659

21

Lighting offences

4,230

3,890

2,912

2,306

2,167

2,055

2,177

2,123

1,892

1,601

22

Noise offences

1,118

1,050

786

655

459

415

376

349

277

219

23

Load offences

12,913

9,904

9,285

7,791

6,592

6,737

5,844

4,576

4,406

4,093

24

Offences peculiar to motor cycles

233

201

259

249

213

226

295

209

197

152

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

40,394

41,838

40,449

38,236

42,851

55,151

71,505

67,896

49,384

67,024

Total

629,965

598,357

575,821

555,723

565,725

625,124

665,985

628,003

582,989

578,154

1 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. 2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. 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 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 use. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

Table 4: Offenders sentenced to immediate custody at all courts in the Bedfordshire police force area, for motoring offences,1 by offence type, from 1998 to 20072, 3

Number

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

20072

2

Dangerous driving

16

13

19

21

29

31

18

27

16

17

3

Driving etc., after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

63

52

58

50

47

41

45

55

26

21

5

Accident offences

2

2

7

Driving licence related offences

190

191

167

175

161

167

163

140

100

78

9

Vehicle insurance offences

1

14

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records

1

23

Load offences

1

Total

269

258

246

246

237

239

227

223

144

117

1 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. 2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. 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 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: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

Table 5: The number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody at all courts in the East of England Government Office Region,1 for motoring offences,2 by offence type, from 1998 to 20073, 4

Number

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

117

115

148

141

177

199

182

160

133

145

3

Driving etc., after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

339

348

322

327

332

323

393

344

240

238

5

Accident offences

3

8

11

8

14

12

14

10

9

15

7

Driving licence related offences

872

1,015

1,024

1,187

1,190

1,281

1,054

933

712

564

9

Vehicle insurance offences

4

2

1

2

5

6

2

2

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

1

14

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records

1

4

1

3

--

4

3

2

1

16

Speed limit offences

1

1

18

Neglect of traffic directions

1

23

Load offences

1

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

1

3

1

1

Total

1,336

1,491

1,513

1,667

1,716

1,824

1,653

1,452

1,098

963

1 Includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk police force areas. 2 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. 3 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. 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. 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: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

Table 6: Number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody at all courts in England, for motoring offences,1 by offence type, from 1998 to 20072, 3

Number

Offence group

Offence type

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2

Dangerous driving

1,412

1,475

1,591

1,753

2,022

2,186

2,116

1,827

1,584

1,454

3

Driving etc., after consuming alcohol or taking drugs

3,536

3,433

3,239

3,249

3,099

2,880

2,811

2,580

2,104

1,879

4

Careless driving

1

2

1

1

2

1

1

5

Accident offences

52

69

67

70

76

64

70

77

59

49

7

Driving licence related offences

9,966

11,230

11,665

12,402

12,562

13,300

11,177

9,175

7,008

5,420

9

Vehicle insurance offences

8

5

15

4

7

10

18

5

7

3

10

Vehicle registration and excise licence offences

1

2

1

2

13

Vehicle test offences

1

2

1

14

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records

14

22

9

9

20

15

13

12

7

6

15

Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition

1

1

16

Speed limit offences

1

2

1

1

1

2

18

Neglect of traffic directions

1

1

2

2

19

Neglect of pedestrian rights

2

1

20

Obstruction, waiting and parking offences

-

2

23

Load offences

-

1

25

Miscellaneous motoring offences

2

4

8

5

5

3

3

3

1

3

Total

14,994

16,243

16,602

17,494

17,792

18,460

16,213

13,681

10,778

8,818

1 Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. 2The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. 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 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: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.