Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were (a) stopped by police, (b) charged, (c) convicted, (d) fined and (e) cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone in each police force area in each year since the ban came into force.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Information held on the court proceedings database held by the Ministry of Justice from 2003 to 2005 (latest available) is provided in the table. As the majority of 'use of hand held mobile phone while driving' offences are dealt with by the issue of a fixed penalty notice these are also included. 2006 data will be available later this year.

Written warnings( 1) , fixed penalty notices issued( 2) and findings of guilt at the magistrates court( 3) for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 4) by police force area, England and Wales, 2003-05
Number of offences
2003
Police force area Written wa rn ings Fixed penalty notices issued Findings of guilt Court imposed fines total
Avon and Somerset - - - -
Bedfordshire - 10 1 1
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire 2 - - -
Cleveland - 13 - -
Cumbria - 13 - -
Derbyshire - 13 - -
Devon and Cornwall - 345 - -
Dorset - - - -
Durham - - - -
Essex - - - -
Gloucestershire - 147 - -
Greater Manchester - - - -
Hampshire - 54 - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Humberside - - - -
Kent 5 15 - -
Lancashire - 34 - -
Leicestershire - 17 - -
Lincolnshire - 7 - -
London. City of - 45 - -
Merseyside - - - -
Metropolitan Police - 681 - -
Norfolk - 17 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Northumbria 3 56 - -
North Yorkshire - 5 - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - 28 - -
Staffordshire - 12 - -
Suffolk - 42 - -
Surrey - 164 - -
Sussex - - - -
Thames Valley - 25 - -
Warwickshire 5 - - -
West Mercia - - - -
West Midlands - 144 - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Dyfed Powys - - - -
Gwent - - - -
North Wales - - - -
South Wales - - - -
England and Wales 15 1,888 1 1
2004
Police force area Written war n ings Fixed penalty notices issued Findings of guilt Court imposed fines total
Avon and Somerset 3 1,902 19 18
Bedfordshire - 579 5 5
Cambridgeshire 1 219 6 6
Cheshire - 2,689 1 1
Cleveland 11 1,066 3 3
Cumbria 1 528 24 23
Derbyshire - 978 16 15
Devon and Cornwall - 796 17 16
Dorset - 521 - -
Durham - 504 1 1
Essex - 2,431 25 25
Gloucestershire - 632 1 1
Greater Manchester 2 8,166 65 64
Hampshire - 2,032 15 15
Hertfordshire 1 2.526 6 6
Humberside - 381 4 4
Kent - 1,707 - -
Lancashire - 1,719 16 15
Leicestershire - 759 9 8
Lincolnshire - 1,529 5 5
London. City of - 137 5 5
Merseyside 7 1,836 20 10
Metropolitan Police - 13,581 124 116
Norfolk - 887 15 13
Northamptonshire - 297 - -
Northumbria 124 1,271 29 26
North Yorkshire 1 720 18 16
Nottinghamshire - 653 7 6
South Yorkshire - 1,978 12 11
Staffordshire - 264 10 9
Suffolk 13 978 4 4
Surrey 11 2,213 7 7
Sussex - 546 1 1
Thames Valley 2 3,716 21 20
Warwickshire 40 621 7 7
West Mercia - 2,200 15 14
West Midlands - 3,864 52 46
West Yorkshire - 2,368 9 9
Wiltshire - 700 19 18
Dyfed Powys - 363 13 13
Gwent - 517 - -
North Wales 51 999 3 3
South Wales 198 1,603 12 11
England and Wales 466 73,976 641 596
2005
Police force area Written war ni ngs Fixed penalty notices issued Findings of guilt Court imposed fines total
Avon and Somerset 1 2,502 39 38
Bedfordshire 157 944 13 13
Cambridgeshire - 1,347 19 19
Cheshire - 2.891 14 14
Cleveland 61 1,955 7 6
Cumbria 1 1,021 35 34
Derbyshire - 1,501 49 48
Devon and Cornwall - 1,482 25 24
Dorset - 657 3 1
Durham - 963 2 2
Essex - 4,369 53 46
Gloucestershire - 1,208 4 4
Greater Manchester 5 12,904 136 124
Hampshire - 4,078 34 33
Hertfordshire 2 3,923 64 61
Humberside 5 1,202 22 21
Kent 7 4,829 - -
Lancashire - 3,079 46 39
Leicestershire - 254 26 20
Lincolnshire - 2.514 12 11
London. City of - 1,647 12 12
Merseyside - 5,684 23 14
Metropolitan Police - 18.035 545 496
Norfolk - 904 17 17
Northamptonshire - 971 - -
Northumbria 418 2,409 20 20
North Yorkshire - 1,289 30 29
Nottinghamshire - 1,637 24 18
South Yorkshire 1 3,978 21 17
Staffordshire - 2,346 21 19
Suffolk - 1,707 17 17
Surrey - 3,575 82 82
Sussex - 1.105 2 1
Thames Valley 1 7,111 112 106
Warwickshire 34 918 13 8
West Mercia - 5,246 50 48
West Midlands - 5,065 88 79
West Yorkshire - 4,272 38 36
Wiltshire - 1.226 22 21
Dyfed Powys - 628 13 13
Gwent - 938 3 3
North Wales - 424 13 12
South Wales 172 2,030 20 20
England and Wales 865 126,768 1,789 1,646
- = Nil

(1) Covers tickets paid where there is no further action.

(2) May include cases where a fixed penalty notice was originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.

(3) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3). Introduced 1 December 2003.

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete.

2. 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 courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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