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Home Department written question – answered on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami PPS (Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General), HM Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pedal cyclists have been convicted of offences relating to contravention of road traffic acts in each of the last five years.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is given in the following table. It shows the number of offenders found guilty at the magistrates court for offences connected with pedal cycles, England and Wales, 2000–04. Court statistics for 2005 will be available in autumn 2006.

Number of offenders found guilty at magistrates courts for offences connected with pedal cycles, England and Wales, 2000–04(11)
Offence description Principal statute 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Riding to common danger Highway Act 1835 S.78; Metropolitan Police Act 1839 S.54(5) 1 1 1 2 4
Being towed Road Traffic Act 1988 S.26 2 1
Neglect of traffic directions Road Traffic Act 1988 SS.35 & 36 60 47 34 16 31 30
More than one person carried Road Traffic Act 1988 S.24 7 7 2 4 5 4
Riding on footpath Highways Act 1835 S.72 (as amended by Local Government Act 1888 S.85(1), Statute Law Revision (No2) Act 1888, Highways Act 1959 Sch 25, Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sch 3 and Criminal Justice Act 1982 SS.39 & 46 & Sch.3); Metropolitan Police Act 1839 S.54(7) and byelaws 323 171 112 79 82 92
Offences in relation to pedestrian crossings Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 S.25(5) 4 1 2
Failing to obey signal Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 S.28(3) 41 5 8 7 4 5
No brakes—failure to comply with the Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983 16 10 11 10 11 16
Reckless and dangerous driving by pedal cyclist Road Traffic Act 1988 S.28 29 23 19 18 18 32
Careless driving by pedal cyclist Road Traffic Act 1988 S.29 105 84 60 54 59 73
Pedal cyclist driving under the influence of drink or drugs Road Traffic Act 1988 S.30 76 58 38 38 43 40
Promoting unauthorised cycle race on public highway Road Traffic Act 1988 S.31 1 1
Offences under Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 S.17(4); Motorways Traffic (England and Wales) Regulations 1982 Reg. 15 5 8 3 2 1
Taking or riding a pedal cycle without consent etc. Theft Act 1968 S. 129(5) or byelaw 176 179 157 138 160 183
Rider of a cycle failing to give name and address Road Traffic Act 1988 S.168(b) 2 2 1 1
Lighting offences Road Traffic Act 1988 S.81 and Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 396 229 149 141 166 141
Other offences Various acts 22 12 14 3 6 42
1,265 837 611 513 590 666

(11)These data are on the principal offence basis

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