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Police: Vehicles

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents involving police vehicles there have been in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each year since 1997. (320652)

The available data are provided in the tables.

Figures from 2002-03 onwards for Essex Police Force have been provided based on data held centrally in the Home Office.

Figures for Essex county and Southend and Thurrock unitary authority for 1997 to 2008 have also been provided by the Department for Transport. These numbers do not include all police vehicles involved in accidents—only those that were involved in an accident where an individual was injured, and where the police vehicle can be matched against the DVLA records.

As these figures are based on different definitions, they are not comparable.

Road traffic collisions on public roads involving police vehicles, Essex, 2002-03 to 2008-09

Number

2002-03

414

2003-04

345

2004-05

327

2005-06

391

2006-07

607

2007-08

626

2008-09

509

Notes:

1. All data are unvalidated, subject to change and provided on a provisional basis only

2. Data are not available centrally for Southend.

3. Data are not available centrally prior to 2002-03.

Reported personal injury road accidents involving a police vehicle1,2:1997-2008

Essex3

Southend

1997

68

7

1998

55

9

1999

50

6

2000

78

8

2001

63

12

2002

53

5

2003

50

3

2004

51

6

2005

41

5

2006

56

4

2007

57

3

2008

51

7

1 Vehicle type is based on vehicle tax records held by DVLA. This will exclude vehicles which fall under different tax classes which may be used by the police e.g. privately hired/owned vehicles

2 Vehicle model is assigned through matching the vehicle's registration mark (registration number) against DVLA records. These vehicles are only those with a high or probable match to DVLA records

3 Essex county, including the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock

Average (mean) and highest end-of-year performance-related, non-consolidated bonuses paid for the last four performance years.

£

Average

Highest

2008-09

9,225

15,000

2007-08

9.952

22,000

2006-07

9,577

20,000

2005-06

6,868

15,000