Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Home Department written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for using a mobile telephone whilst driving.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The latest available information from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Ministry of Justice is for 2006 and 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.

2007 data should be available later this year.

Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) and total court proceedings for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 2) by police force area, England and Wales 2006
Number of offences
Fixed penalty notices issued Total court proceedings( 3) Total dealt with
England and Wales 164,910 2,682 167,592
(1) Paid, i.e. no further action.

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

(3) Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.


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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