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Driving Offences

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers convicted of driving without insurance in each police authority area in each year since 1997 had previous convictions for the same offence. (304286)

The information requested is in the table. Figures before 2000 are not available.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

Number of offenders convicted of driving without insurance in each year and in each police force1 who at the time of their conviction had at least one previous conviction for the same offence

Number of offenders

Police Force

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Avon and Somerset2

10

7

17

235

734

779

784

712

620

Bedfordshire

322

391

430

524

473

458

436

338

259

Cambridgeshire

259

270

305

404

398

350

347

288

230

Cheshire

558

562

629

680

682

507

522

468

339

City of London

47

64

92

117

100

112

107

81

50

Cleveland

420

432

491

541

579

529

434

376

346

Cumbria

259

317

318

361

343

256

216

208

167

Derbyshire

503

561

655

719

721

572

484

459

359

Devon and Cornwall

565

590

708

791

649

614

525

460

406

Dorset

343

342

380

450

442

433

348

285

247

Durham

463

485

581

646

592

491

388

391

332

Dyfed-Powys

249

260

285

281

256

229

213

193

180

Essex

653

715

798

878

792

777

764

799

658

Gloucestershire

291

307

326

338

357

290

309

228

203

Greater Manchester

2,524

2,691

2,534

2,707

2,718

2,289

1,895

1,644

1,293

Gwent

563

538

522

580

535

527

476

381

307

Hampshire

817

834

931

999

854

766

639

638

513

Hertfordshire

350

326

394

443

476

504

522

376

335

Humberside

625

628

621

789

775

744

666

535

430

Kent

658

736

817

872

799

715

709

682

595

Lancashire

1,077

1,103

1,367

1,537

1,263

1,208

1,084

901

693

Leicestershire

754

771

883

961

925

683

520

429

320

Lincolnshire

269

257

280

353

393

310

330

254

227

Merseyside

1,112

1,172

1,295

1,506

1,478

1,357

1,140

894

738

Metropolitan police

2,251

2,446

3,088

3,674

4,193

4,248

4,429

4,267

4,062

Norfolk

335

388

428

459

401

335

278

303

272

North Wales

329

354

398

545

497

442

342

295

206

North Yorkshire

321

323

344

418

402

413

334

271

230

Northamptonshire

444

438

439

435

453

345

271

290

228

Northumbria

1,257

1,326

1,319

1,483

1,348

1,301

1,216

1,044

857

Nottinghamshire

938

958

957

1,278

1,227

1,019

846

681

587

South Wales

1,253

1,475

1,653

1,774

1,723

1,426

1,283

1,032

825

South Yorkshire

1,075

1,116

1,202

1,271

1,187

1,014

938

827

645

Staffordshire

603

661

741

859

813

750

656

552

511

Suffolk

244

264

329

400

383

317

286

220

164

Surrey

267

293

322

353

328

336

321

294

252

Sussex

492

547

590

622

613

579

560

609

444

Thames Valley

724

828

1,038

1,032

981

852

777

795

722

Warwickshire

215

257

287

289

327

279

242

245

191

West Mercia

495

537

569

633

625

620

537

440

368

West Midlands

2,378

2,652

3,045

3,312

3,500

3,118

2,737

2,269

1,706

West Yorkshire

1,945

1,894

2,011

2,262

2,167

1,745

1,391

1,214

1,049

Wiltshire

247

282

313

313

287

251

241

157

151

England and Wales

29,504

31,398

34,732

39,124

38,789

34,890

31,543

27,825

23,317

1Each offender is counted only once in each police force in each year.

2 The numbers of convictions for driving without insurance recorded by Avon and Somerset in the data held by the Ministry of Justice are very low for the years 2000-03 and should be treated with caution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each police authority area were disqualified from driving as a result of drink-driving offences in each of the last 10 years. (304690)

The number of disqualifications imposed at all courts for offences of driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs in England and Wales, by police force area, from 1998 to 2007 (latest available), is given in the following table.

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

The number of disqualifications imposed at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, England and Wales, from 1998 to 20071,2

Number of offences

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon and Somerset

2,430

2,596

2,360

2,099

2,298

2,577

2,599

2,328

2,286

2,397

Bedfordshire

993

820

756

857

899

1,013

1,016

987

1,073

994

Cambridgeshire

972

869

721

742

782

879

1,042

1,164

1,221

1,201

Cheshire

1,790

1,698

1,555

1,429

1,853

1,784

1,906

1,432

1,732

1,708

Cleveland

825

758

729

824

831

897

956

884

954

879

Cumbria

762

809

739

703

718

781

845

804

816

801

Derbyshire

1,421

1,367

1,309

1,264

1,365

1,508

1,748

1,540

1,424

1,358

Devon and Cornwall

2,136

2,160

2,118

2,281

2,347

2,570

2,440

2,210

2,248

2,154

Dorset

1,097

1,059

1,045

1,063

1,121

1,201

1,198

1,089

1,111

1,134

Durham

956

1,098

1,061

1,029

1,075

1,101

1,179

1,096

951

988

Essex

2,241

2,331

2,265

2,273

2,346

2,400

2,657

2,429

2,569

2,433

Gloucestershire

911

818

728

813

852

834

870

790

777

683

Greater Manchester

4,323

4,416

4,431

4,329

4,387

4,444

4,471

4,410

4,369

4,282

Hampshire

3,358

3,487

3,294

3,297

3,654

3,513

3,584

2,892

2,767

2,855

Hertfordshire

1,570

1,584

1,491

1,600

1,810

1,799

1,776

1,756

1,791

1,710

Humberside

1,249

1,239

1,277

1,184

1,314

1,356

1,512

1,505

1,450

1,004

Kent

2,361

2,436

2,395

2,424

2,582

1,456

2,825

2,552

2,646

2,650

Lancashire

2,774

2,798

2,441

2,174

2,465

2,516

2,570

2,571

2,646

2,632

Leicestershire

1,384

1,506

1,435

1,437

1,556

1,618

1,602

1,496

1,385

1,373

Lincolnshire

919

885

775

836

810

1,064

1,160

1,096

1,180

1,186

London, City of

285

228

150

156

209

223

164

177

152

178

Merseyside

2,225

1,981

1,945

2,001

2,105

2,475

2,529

2,612

2,444

2,190

Metropolitan police district

12,958

11,633

11,048

10,607

12,140

11,910

12,351

12,134

12,307

11,510

Norfolk

1,001

947

872

1,065

1,179

1,216

1,178

1,217

1,261

1,186

Northamptonshire

725

836

730

375

212

757

878

720

948

834

Northumbria

2,241

2,243

2,408

2,297

2,373

2,527

2,491

2,267

2,361

2,275

North Yorkshire

1,120

1,050

1,021

1,015

1,071

1,139

1,054

1,184

1,176

1,126

Nottinghamshire

1,677

1,697

1,620

1,504

1,324

1,562

1,568

1,518

1,612

1,448

South Yorkshire

1,878

1,803

1,974

1,905

1,819

1,950

2,100

2,103

1,917

1,916

Staffordshire

1,844

1,592

1,777

1,431

1,592

1,633

1,629

1,618

1,567

1,605

Suffolk

955

1,002

828

854

1,022

1,099

1,191

991

1,053

958

Surrey

1,279

1,362

1,487

1,549

1,564

1,403

1,435

1,446

1,366

1,488

Sussex3

1,998

2,119

2,014

2,250

2,224

2,343

32,412

2,298

2,381

2,389

Thames Valley

3,707

3,527

3,348

3,137

4,147

3,752

3,405

3,356

3,292

3,216

Warwickshire

739

816

747

846

799

890

826

793

858

929

West Mercia

1,681

1,632

1,530

1,610

1,623

1,686

1,697

1,810

1,876

1,781

West Midlands

5,155

4,388

4,257

4,475

4,628

4,864

5,230

5,359

5,252

5,204

West Yorkshire

3,370

3,307

3,143

2,987

3,276

3,449

3,626

3,574

3,284

3,102

Wiltshire

1,022

930

873

966

938

950

949

899

958

746

Dyfed Powys

931

874

777

811

856

920

919

866

867

850

Gwent

1,088

983

1,084

1,051

983

1,055

1,108

993

1,081

990

North Wales

1,211

1,147

1,242

1,153

1,165

1,253

1,265

1,262

1,247

1,233

South Wales

2,629

2,286

2,485

2,574

2,573

2,646

2,666

2,639

2,534

2,431

England and Wales

86,191

83,117

80,285

79,277

84,887

87,013

90,627

86,867

87,190

84,007

1It 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. 2Every 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. 3Figures given are not as originally published within the Home Office Statistical Bulletin “Motoring Offences and Breath Test Statistics, England & Wales, 2004”, which was released on 30 March 2006. The figures originally released in the above named publication were, due to a processing error, incorrect. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each region of England have been convicted of (a) a motoring offence that resulted in a fatality and (b) careless driving in each of the last two years. (305008)

Data on the number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences of causing death by driving and for careless driving, by English Government office region, for 2006 and 2007 (latest available) are given in Tables 1 and 2.

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

Table 1: The number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences of causing death by driving1, by Government office region in England, 2006 and 20072,3

2006

2007

North East

10

9

North West

31

39

Yorkshire and the Humber

41

36

East Midlands

27

31

West Midlands

32

32

East of England

28

32

London

29

24

South East

53

58

South West

20

22

England

271

283

1 Includes offences of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs. A separate offence of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving came into effect in 2008.

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: The number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences of careless driving1, by Government Office Region in England, 2006 and 20072,3

2006

2007

North East

932

1,253

North West

2,616

3,855

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,467

2,600

East Midlands

1,234

2,126

West Midlands

2,304

3,689

East of England

2,937

4,123

London

2,415

3,942

South East

2,379

3,334

South West

1,920

2,184

England

18,204

27,106

1 Includes offences of use of hand held mobile phone while driving. Tough new penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving and for failing to have proper control of a vehicle came into effect on 27 February 2007.

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