Vehicle Registration/Taxation

Home Department written question – answered on 12th September 2005.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami Labour, Alyn and Deeside

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions relating to the non-payment of road tax there have been in each police authority in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Available information taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database from 1999 to 2003 (latest available) is given in the table.

2004 data will be available early in 2006.

Proceedings at magistrates courts and total findings of guilt at all courts for the vehicle offence of failing to pay appropriate duty(179), by police force area, England and Wales -- Number of offences
1999 2000 2001
Police force area Total proceedings Findings

of guilt

Total proceedings Findings

of guilt

Total proceedings Findings

of guilt

Avon and Somerset 7,676 6,442 6,786 5,635 5,893 4,850
Bedfordshire 1,488 1,248 1,166 988 846 708
Cambridgeshire 23 8 13 10 48 44
Cheshire 1,211 1,055 3,534 3,176 4,078 3,619
Cleveland 2,265 1,710 2,319 1,799 1,990 1,599
Cumbria 784 688 915 773 78 65
Derbyshire 1,242 979 1,090 832 980 774
Devon and Cornwall 6,162 5,010 5,923 4,901 5,540 4,653
Dorset 2,591 2,191 2,948 2,485 3,376 2,855
Durham 728 563 336 261 162 125
Essex 10,784 9,992 9,703 8,162 6,439 5,584
Gloucestershire 1,660 1,391 1,627 1,324 1,794 1,541
Greater Manchester 5,502 4,868 6,917 5,959 5,087 4,444
Hampshire 7,513 6,088 7,813 6,247 7,921 6,380
Hertfordshire 5,068 4,209 5,142 4,150 4,935 4,052
Humberside 4,333 3,626 4,838 3,984 4,532 3,801
Kent 189 134 43 17 2,250 1,935
Lancashire 5,146 4,170 5,890 5,013 7,215 6,151
Leicestershire 5,460 4,616 5,802 4,759 5,487 4,639
Lincolnshire 2,661 2,397 2,162 1,905 2,078 1,833
London, City of 632 496 344 311 389 368
Merseyside 2,762 2,277 4,656 3,865 5,573 4,692
Met Police 16,375 14,910 15,408 14,052 15,603 14,267
Norfolk 903 864 875 786 1,937 1,676
Northamptonshire 3,908 3,316 4,824 4,061 4,408 3,808
Northumbria 3,619 3,065 4,559 3,839 4,245 3,587
North Yorkshire 1,076 854 924 735 950 749
Nottinghamshire 4,965 4,188 4,558 3,818 4,001 3,299
South Yorkshire 981 773 954 752 1,249 1,019
Staffordshire 571 482 409 348 146 115
Suffolk 2,923 2,532 3,593 3,026 2,912 2,391
Surrey 1,478 1,254 2,197 1,889 2,269 1,929
Sussex 5,330 4,416 7,114 5,831 6,794 5,454
Thames Valley 1,239 985 2,811 2,306 2,456 1,999
Warwickshire 1,002 892 942 817 872 740
West Mercia 2,944 2,543 3,419 2,905 3,122 2,738
West Midlands 7,432 6,039 6,607 5,367 5,035 4,139
West Yorkshire 5,685 4,627 6,246 4,927 5,662 4,550
Wiltshire 2,330 1,985 2,146 1,800 2,292 1,924
England 138,641 117,883 147,553 123,815 140,644 119,096
Dyfed Powys 2,289 2,014 2,067 1,777 1,841 1,603
Gwent 1,985 1,740 2,783 2,425 3,456 3,123
North Wales 1,359 1,140 1,613 1,329 1,941 1,589
South Wales 4,550 3,880 4,155 3,430 4,383 3,772
Wales 10,183 8,774 10,618 8,961 11,621 10,087
England and Wales 148,824 126,657 158,171 132,776 152,265 129,183
Number of offences
2002 2003
Police force area Total

proceedings

Findings

of guilt

Total

proceedings

Findings

of guilt

Avon and Somerset 7,963 6,554 7,027 5,868
Bedfordshire 1,308 1,103 2,149 1,791
Cambridgeshire 13 3 22 12
Cheshire 3,782 3,321 4,826 4,368
Cleveland 1,585 1,348 2,432 2,387
Cumbria 10 6 1,085 913
Derbyshire 1,131 927 3,870 3,250
Devon and Cornwall 8,827 7,498 9,826 8,414
Dorset 3,058 2,557 3,601 3,090
Durham 47 17 11 4
Essex 7,091 6,129 6,080 5,371
Gloucestershire 1,667 1,461 2,230 1,926
Greater Manchester 4,570 4,125 8,756 7,749
Hampshire 8,768 7,029 7,714 6,350
Hertfordshire 3,559 2,923 4,643 3,771
Humberside 4,649 3,940 5,410 4,610
Kent 4,503 3,865 5,411 4,607
Lancashire 5,351 4,748 6,414 5,645
Leicestershire 5,881 4,949 5,671 4,691
Lincolnshire 2,303 2,049 2,501 2,171
London, City of 476 442 408 376
Merseyside 4,864 4,091 8,252 6,824
Met Police 14,649 13,420 26,813 24,765
Norfolk 2,059 1,829 3,118 2,771
Northamptonshire 4,880 4,169 4,462 3,817
Northumbria 3,618 3,034 3,183 2,599
North Yorkshire 714 568 846 680
Nottinghamshire 4,265 3,528 3,920 3,198
South Yorkshire 1,336 1,045 3,771 3,196
Staffordshire 81 56 75 43
Suffolk 2,911 2,381 2,993 2,442
Surrey 2,612 2,265 2,240 1,923
Sussex 6,803 5,660 7,733 6,363
Thames Valley 1,894 1,533 3,409 2,817
Warwickshire 798 694 983 873
West Mercia 3,099 2,646 3,061 2,677
West Midlands 5,528 4,606 14,040 11,472
West Yorkshire 5,151 4,143 8,547 7,101
Wiltshire 2,281 1,915 2,425 2,049
England 144,085 122,577 189,958 162,974
Dyfed Powys 1,925 1,715 1,784 1,568
Gwent 4,330 3,866 4,184 3,738
North Wales 2,781 2,298 3,188 2,711
South Wales 4,776 4,142 6,362 5,590
Wales 13,812 12,021 15,518 13,607
England and Wales 157,897 134,598 205,476 176,581

(179)Offence under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 s. 29 (1)-(3).

Note:

The statistics of court proceedings are based on returns made by the police to the Home Office's Data Collection Group. Although these include offences where there has been no police involvement such as those prosecutions instigated by Government Departments (in this case the DVLA) and private organisations and individuals, the reporting of these types of offences is known to be incomplete. Moreover, it is thought that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to motoring offences and to TV licence evasion, may also be less than complete; the extent of under-reporting may vary from year to year and this could be responsible in part for the annual variations.

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