Road Traffic Offences

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by her Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

Communities and Local Government (CLG) and its predecessor the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) were created following the Machinery of Government changes on 5 May 2006 and 29 May 2002, respectively.

CLG operates a general policy whereby the payment of any fixed penalty tickets (including parking tickets and speeding fines), either during the hire period of a vehicle or while a private car is being used on official business, is the responsibility of the individual undertaking the travel and not the Department. However, payment of parking tickets (not speeding fines) relating to allocated ministerial cars, incurred while carrying out official duties, is deemed to be the responsibility of the Department. Since the inception of ODPM, the annual amount incurred by the Department for payments of such parking tickets is as follows:

2002-03 0
2003-04 141.00
2004-05 117.50
2005-06 100.00
2006-07 200.00
2007-08 to date 110.00

Expenditure figures prior to 2002-03 are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

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