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Road Traffic Act

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of road traffic cases which proceeded to trial did so under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act in each of the last five years. (305444)

The number of proceedings at magistrates courts for offences under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as a percentage of all motoring offences proceeded against at magistrates courts, England and Wales 2006 and 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Prior to 2006 data under section 172 were recorded within ‘other miscellaneous motoring offences’ and cannot be separately identified.

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

The number of proceedings at magistrates courts for offences under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, and the percentage these are of all court proceedings for motoring offences, England and Wales, 2006 and 20071,2

Number of offences

Offence description

2006

2007

Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988: Keeper of vehicle or person other than keeper of vehicle failing to supply information as to driver's identity as required by or on behalf of Chief Officer of Police.

19,172

328,929

Total motoring offences proceeded against at magistrates courts.

1,719,888

1,420,563

Percentage of section 172 offences compared with total motoring offences proceeded against at magistrates courts.

1

2

1 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.

2 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.

3 The penalty for this offence was raised to six points by the Road Safety Act 2006 which was implemented in 2007. The increase in the number of proceedings is likely due to offenders refusing a fixed penalty and opting for trial.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice