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Driving Offences: Fines

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of fines for motoring offences were issued after (a) an offence was recorded on a traffic camera and (b) a fixed penalty notice was issued by a police officer in each year since 1997. [195602]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is shown in the following table.

Data for 2006 will be available later this year.


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Number and proportion of motoring offences fixed penalty notices issued where (a) the offence was detected by camera( 1,2) ; and (b) the fixed penalty notice was issued by a police officer( 3) , England and Wales 1997 to 2005
Fixed penalty notices issued
Following detection by camera( 1,)( )( 2) Directly by police officer( 3,)( )( 4) Total

1997

Number

323,200

3,104,600

3,427,800

Percentage

9

91

100

1998

Number

370,500

3,069,400

3,439,900

Percentage

11

89

100

1999

Number

460,100

2,673,600

3,133,700

Percentage

15

85

100

2000

Number

642,400

2,355,900

2,998,300

Percentage

21

79

100

2001

Number

923,000

1,995,000

2,918,000

Percentage

32

68

100

2002

Number

1,206,300

1,791,100

2,997,400

Percentage

40

60

100

2003

Number

1,784,500

1,672,200

3,456,700

Percentage

52

48

100

2004

Number

1,899,800

1,534,900

3,434,700

Percentage

55

45

100

2005

Number

1,886,700

1,316,300

3,203,000

Percentage

59

41

100

(1) Automatic cameras until 1998, all camera types from 1999. (2) Covers speeding and traffic light offences only. (3) Including traffic wardens. (4) Covers all motoring offences where a fixed penalty notice can be given. Note: 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 police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.

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Driving: Insurance

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) issues of fixed penalty notices there were relating to uninsured drivers in each police force area in each of the last 10 years; and what the average penalty was. [195603]

Mr. Coaker: The available information relates to the offence of 'use of a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks’. Tables A and B provide data on successful prosecutions (findings of guilt) and cover court imposed fines from 1997 to 2005 (latest available). Table C covers fixed penalty notices issued as from 1 June 2003, when a fixed penalty became available for the offence, to 2005.

The written warnings (including formal cautions) collection, held by the Ministry of Justice, is unable to identify this offence from others within the offence group “vehicle insurance offences”. None of the Ministry’s collections separately identify uninsured drivers involved in other motoring offences.

2006 data will be available later this year.


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Table A: Proceedings and findings of guilt at magistrates courts for the office of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks( 1) by police force area, England and Wales, 1997 to 2005
Number and percentage
1997 1998 1999
Total findings of guilt Total findings of guilt Total findings of guilt
Police force area Total proceedings [=100%] Number Percentage Total proceedings [=100%] Number Percentage Total proceedings [=100%] Number Percentage

Avon and Somerset

15,354

9,424

61

16,892

9,875

58

15,098

9,357

62

Bedfordshire

4,724

2,951

62

4,449

2,992

67

3,479

2,328

67

Cambridgeshire

3,440

2,395

70

3,425

2,507

73

3,058

2,233

73

Cheshire

4,838

3,499

72

4,961

3,658

74

5,463

3,872

71

Cleveland

3,925

2,798

71

4,204

2,908

69

4,331

3,027

70

Cumbria

4,223

3,089

73

3,787

2,866

76

3,597

2,772

77

Derbyshire

5,565

3,830

69

5,137

3,522

69

5,120

3,613

71

Devon and Cornwall

8,422

4,967

59

7,232

4,263

59

7,493

4,681

62

Dorset

5,271

3,458

66

4,198

2,777

66

4,776

3,013

63

Durham

3,992

2,912

73

4,261

3,086

72

5,899

4,475

76

Essex

7,161

4,507

63

7,025

4,635

66

7,336

5,035

69

Gloucestershire

3,577

2,115

59

4,465

2,885

65

4,443

2,867

65

Greater Manchester

30,655

20,548

67

30,836

21,430

69

33,228

23,697

71

Hampshire

11,768

7,844

67

11,557

8,028

69

11,553

8,123

70

Hertfordshire

4,580

2,573

56

5,799

3,056

53

4,748

2,789

59

Humberside

4,408

3,479

79

4,279

3,501

82

4,894

3,920

80

Kent

6,935

4,755

69

6,958

4,808

69

6,151

4,232

69

Lancashire

20,334

11,577

57

18,794

11,198

60

18,111

10,800

60

Leicestershire

9,706

5,990

62

9,481

6,265

66

11,054

7,281

66

Lincolnshire

4,589

3,001

65

5,000

3,466

69

5,345

3,744

70

London, City of

2,671

1,382

52

3,127

1,431

46

2,521

1,141

45

Merseyside

10,896

8,435

77

9,747

7,694

79

8,932

6,920

77

Metropolitan Police

42,283

25,873

61

35,064

22,874

65

31,285

20,893

67

Norfolk

3,932

3,456

88

3,434

3,060

89

3,468

3,000

87

Northamptonshire

4,999

3,083

62

4,849

3,271

67

5,571

4,151

75

Northumbria

12,470

8,064

65

11,837

8,079

68

13,296

9,299

70

North Yorkshire

3,926

2,778

71

3,744

2,538

68

4,003

2,656

66

Nottinghamshire

8,078

6,149

76

8,726

6,658

76

7,957

6,156

77

South Yorkshire

11,228

7,346

65

11,553

7,831

68

11,763

8,424

72

Staffordshire

8,180

5,251

64

8,210

5,379

66

8,021

5,725

71

Suffolk

3,258

2,202

68

3,743

2,283

61

4,189

2,547

61

Surrey

4,942

2,439

49

3,908

2,051

52

4,436

2,278

51

Sussex

9,333

4,726

51

8,202

4,150

51

7,415

4,198

57

Thames Valley

11,887

6,258

53

11,948

6,311

53

13,543

7,291

54

Warwickshire

4,316

2,595

60

3,769

2,394

64

3,523

2,192

62

West Mercia

7,082

4,848

68

8,207

5,624

69

7,450

5,224

70

West Midlands

29,878

18,484

62

30,928

18,969

61

27,409

16,407

60

West Yorkshire

23,980

15,042

63

23,549

14,682

62

25,776

15,903

62

Wiltshire

3,463

2,311

67

4,820

2,712

56

4,708

2,558

54

Dyfed-Powys

3,079

1,953

63

2,852

1,952

68

3,017

2,044

68

Gwent

4,097

2,899

71

4,478

3,344

75

4,451

3,452

78

North Wales

4,859

3,280

68

4,452

3,309

74

4,102

3,097

75

South Wales

14,829

9,936

67

16,187

10,629

66

15,406

10,467

68

England and Wales

397,133

254,502

64

390,074

254,951

65

387,419

257,882

67


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