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Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

Justice written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many cyclists have been prosecuted for wanton and furious cycling in each court division in each of the last 10 years;

(2) how many cyclists have been prosecuted for cycling offences in each court division in each of the last 10 years by type of offence.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

Data held centrally on the Court Proceedings Database do not include information about all the circumstances behind each case other than which may be identified from a statute. From proceedings for offences of wanton and furious driving, it is not possible to specifically identify whether the defendant was a cyclist.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for selected cycling offences, by Police Force Area, in England and Wales, from 2001 to 2011, can be viewed in the table as follows:

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates court for selected cycling offences, by Police Force Area, England and Wales, 2001-11(1,2)
Offence and Police Force Area 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008(3) 2009 2010 2011
Pedal cycle—riding to common danger                      
City of London 1 1
Humberside 1
Merseyside 1
Metropolitan Police 1 3 1
Northumbria 1
Total 1 2 4 2 1
                       
Cyclists fail to stop on signal and failing to comply with traffic signals or signs                      
Avon and Somerset 2 1 1 1 1 3 2
Cambridgeshire 1 1 14 3 1
Cheshire 3 1 2
City of London 3 2 3 1 3 11 14 36
Cumbria 7 8 3 1 4 2 1 1
Derbyshire 1 1
Devon and Cornwall 1 1
Dorset 1 1
Essex 1 1 1
Gloucestershire 2 1
Greater Manchester 3 2 5 1 2 1 1
Hampshire 2 3 1 3 2 2 1 2
Hertfordshire 1 1
Humberside 1 1 5 3 2 3 4 3 3
Kent 1 1
Lancashire 1 1 1 1
Lincolnshire 2 1
Merseyside 1 2 1
Metropolitan Police 2 4 11 3 2 10 5 8 11 19 137
Norfolk 2 1 1 1 3 2
North Yorkshire 9 1 1 1 5 1 3 1 2
Northamptonshire 1 1
Northumbria 4 3 5 15 14 8 4 4 6 4 4
Nottinghamshire 1 1 1
South Yorkshire 1 3
Staffordshire 1
Suffolk 4
Surrey 2
Sussex 3 1 1 2
Thames Valley 3 1 1 1 1 1
West Mercia 1 1 1
West Midlands 2 3
West Yorkshire 1
Wiltshire 1
Gwent 2 1 1
North Wales 1
South Wales 1 2
Total 38 19 38 35 35 55 22 34 48 63 199
                       
Bicycle, more than one person carried                      
Bedfordshire 1
Cumbria 1 1 3
Devon and Cornwall 1
Gloucestershire 1
Greater Manchester 1 1
Hampshire 2
Humberside 1 1 1
Kent 1 1
Lincolnshire 1
Metropolitan Police 1 1
North Yorkshire 1 2
Northamptonshire 2
Northumbria 1 1 1 1 1 1
South Yorkshire 1
Staffordshire 1
Suffolk 3 2 2
Surrey 1
West Mercia 1 1 1
West Midlands 1 2
West Yorkshire 1
Wiltshire 1
Total 3 5 5 4 7 4 5 3 3 2 8
                       
Pedal cycles—riding on footpath                      
Avon and Somerset 4 2 1 3 3 5 4 3
Bedfordshire 1 1 1 2 1
Cambridgeshire 3 3 5 5 3
Cheshire 1
City of London 1 4 3 1 3 7 2 5 4
Cleveland 1 1 2 10 6 2 1 3
Cumbria 26 12 8 14 17 12 9 4 3 4 2
Derbyshire 2 1 1
Devon and Cornwall 2 4 1 2 2 2 1
Dorset 3 2 2 3 1 14 1 5 2
Durham 1 1 3 1
Essex 2 1 1 3 6 3 7 3
Gloucestershire 1 1 5 2 1
Greater Manchester 5 7 14 7 4 1 4 6 6 6 15
Hampshire 6 5 14 8 6 6 9 20 16 8 21
Hertfordshire 2 1 2 2 2
Humberside 25 18 7 8 20 11 12 13 42 72 51
Kent 1 2 3 4 4 1 1 1
Lancashire 2 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 2
Leicestershire 5 2 1 1 3 1 1
Lincolnshire 3 2 1 3 5 2 1 2
Merseyside 3 3 6 6 4 1 3 5 9 13 10
Metropolitan Police 11 8 10 17 29 48 17 18 49 153 254
Norfolk 1 1 1 2 2 3 1 3 6
North Yorkshire 1 1 1 7 7 3 6 5 8 5 6
Northamptonshire 1 1
Northumbria 15 3 10 14 15 26 21 21 8 28 15
Nottinghamshire 1 1 4 5 4 4 10 5 4
South Yorkshire 1 1
Staffordshire 2 1 1
Suffolk 2 3 1 1 2 1 2
Surrey 1 1 1 1
Sussex 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 3 4
Thames Valley 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
West Mercia 8 9 1 4 4 3 3 1 4 1
West Midlands 1 2 1 3 1 8 6 6 2
West Yorkshire 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Wiltshire 2 3 4 3 2 3 2 1 1
Dyfed-Powys 1 1
Gwent 1 1 2
North Wales 1 1
South Wales 1 1 1 1
Total 139 94 95 118 143 145 149 144 204 342 412
                       
Offences connected with pedal cycles; in relation to pedestrian crossings                      
Bedfordshire 1
Cleveland 1
Devon and Cornwall 1
Dyfed-Powys 1
Total 1 2 1
                       
Pedal cycles—failing to obey signal                      
Cambridgeshire 1 2
City of London 2
Cleveland 1
Derbyshire 1
Greater Manchester 1
Hampshire 3 2 1
Merseyside 1
Metropolitan Police 1 1 1 1
North Yorkshire 4 1
Staffordshire 2
Thames Valley 1 1
South Wales 1 6 2 2 3
Total 9 8 5 6 3 5 6
                       
Riding, causing or permitting riding a bicycle with defective brakes                      
Avon and Somerset 1 1 1 1
Bedfordshire 1
Cambridgeshire 1 1 1
City of London 2 1
Cleveland 2 2 1 1
Cumbria 2 1 1 1 1
Derbyshire 1
Devon and Cornwall 1 1
Dorset 1 1
Durham 1
Gloucestershire 1
Greater Manchester 1 3 2 5 1 1 1
Hampshire 2 1
Humberside 3 1 3 1 1 3 2 2
Kent 1
Lancashire 1 1
Leicestershire 1 1
Lincolnshire 1 1 1 1
Merseyside 1 1 3 6 4 4
Metropolitan Police 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 2
Norfolk 2 1 1
North Yorkshire 1 1 1 2 1
Northumbria 1 4 5 1 1 3 7 1 4 3 1
Nottinghamshire 1 2
South Yorkshire 1
Staffordshire 1 1
Suffolk 1 1
Surrey 1
Warwickshire 1 1
West Mercia 1 1 1
West Midlands 1 1 1 1 1 2
West Yorkshire 1
Wiltshire 1
Dyfed-Powys 2
Gwent 1
Total 16 12 12 21 14 18 20 17 14 16 10
                       
Dangerous riding by pedal cyclist                      
Avon and Somerset 1 1 2 2
Cambridgeshire 1 1 2
Cheshire 1 1
City of London 2 1
Cleveland 1 2
Cumbria 1 1 2 2 1 1
Derbyshire 2 3 1 1
Devon and Cornwall 1 3 1 1
Dorset 1 1
Durham 2
Essex 1 1 1 2 2
Gloucestershire 1 1
Greater Manchester 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 2
Hampshire 2 1 4 2 1 2 1 2
Humberside 1 1 1 2 3 1
Kent 1 1
Lancashire 3 1 1 2
Leicestershire 2 1 1 1
Lincolnshire 1 1
Merseyside 1 2 2 1 1 1 1
Metropolitan Police 3 3 3 10 11 2 11 5 7 14 13
Norfolk 1 1 1
North Yorkshire 1 3 1 1 2 2 1
Northamptonshire 1
Northumbria 3 4 3 4 4 3 6 7 2 6 2
Nottinghamshire 1 1
South Yorkshire 5 1 1
Staffordshire 1
Suffolk 1 1 1
Surrey 1 1 1 1
Sussex 1 3 1
Thames Valley 1 1 1
West Mercia 1 3 1 1 2 1
West Midlands 2 1 1 2 1 4 4 1 2
West Yorkshire 3 1 1
Wiltshire 1
Dyfed-Powys 1
Gwent 1 1
North Wales 2
South Wales 1 2 2 1 1
Total 30 27 21 37 33 25 27 25 21 41 40
                       
Careless riding by pedal cyclist                      
Avon and Somerset 3 4 2 9 3 6 5 2 3 4
Bedfordshire 1 1
Cambridgeshire 5 2 2 2 3 5 2
Cheshire 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
City of London 2 1 2 8 2 1 2 3 4
Cleveland 2 1 1 1
Cumbria 1 3 6 4 4 2 2 1 4 4
Derbyshire 1 1
Devon and Cornwall 2 4 4 2 1 2 1 2 2 2
Dorset 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3
Durham 2 1 3
Essex 6 6 4 1 2 2 4
Gloucestershire 4 3 1 1 2 2
Greater Manchester 6 4 2 1 1 3 5 3 2 5
Hampshire 2 3 4 2 2 3 4 3 6
Hertfordshire 3 1 1 1
Humberside 1 2 5 2 2 5 5 6
Kent 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 1
Lancashire 1 1 3 5 1 1 2 3 1
Leicestershire 2 2 2 3 1 2 1 2 1
Lincolnshire 1 1 1 4 2 2 4
Merseyside 3 1 7 5 1 2 5 2
Metropolitan Police 13 13 6 15 10 20 15 15 23 29 45
Norfolk 1 3 2 1 4 1 3 2 1 5
North Yorkshire 2 6 2 3 1 2 2 1 4
Northamptonshire 1 1 3 1 1 1
Northumbria 5 6 2 7 8 5 10 4 8 5 3
Nottinghamshire 5 1 1 1 2 1 1
South Yorkshire 1 1 1 1 3
Staffordshire 1 2 3 1 2 1 2
Suffolk 1 1 1 2 1 2 3
Surrey 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 1
Sussex 1 1 2
Thames Valley 1 2 1 6 3 1 1 3
Warwickshire 3 2 2 2 2 1
West Mercia 8 2 3 7 3 9 6 6 7 5 3
West Midlands 3 2 2 5 3 3 3 5 5 2 4
West Yorkshire 2 5 1 1 2 1 2 1
Wiltshire 2 3 3 1 1 3
Dyfed-Powys 1 1 1
Gwent 1
North Wales 1 1 1
South Wales 2 3 5 2 1 3 1 4
Total 75 66 77 94 81 88 70 88 95 103 120
                       
Pedal cyclist riding under the influence of drink or drugs                      
Avon and Somerset 2 1 2 3 3 1 1
Bedfordshire 2
Cambridgeshire 1
Cheshire 2 1 3
City of London 1 1 1 1
Cleveland 1 1 1
Cumbria 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 1
Derbyshire 1 1 2 1 1 2 4 1 1
Devon and Cornwall 1 2 1 1
Dorset 1 1 1 1
Durham 3 1 1 1 2 1
Essex 1 1 2 1 3
Gloucestershire 1 1
Greater Manchester 6 8 7 2 1 2 1
Hampshire 2 2 4 3 2 3 1 1 1 3
Hertfordshire 2 1 2 8 1 1 1
Humberside 3 1 1 2 2 1 2
Kent 1 2 2 1
Lancashire 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1
Leicestershire 1 1 4 1
Lincolnshire 1 1 2
Merseyside 1 2 2 1 2 4 1 2 4 5
Metropolitan Police 1 2 4 4 3 5 2 4 2 4 2
Norfolk 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3
North Yorkshire 1 1 1 2 1
Northumbria 5 6 7 6 7 6 4 3 1 3 2
Nottinghamshire 1 1 1
South Yorkshire 1 1 1 1
Staffordshire 1 2 1 1
Suffolk 1 2 1 2
Surrey 2 1
Sussex 1 1 1 2 2 1
Thames Valley 2 2 1 1 1 1
Warwickshire 2 2 1 1
West Mercia 3 2 1 3 2 3 3 4 1 1
West Midlands 1 1 1 3 2 7 1 1 1 1
West Yorkshire 1 1 1 1 2
Wiltshire 1 1 1 1
Dyfed-Powys 1 3 3 3 1 1
Gwent 1 4 1 3 1
North Wales 1 1 3 2 1 2
South Wales 3 4 2 1 2
Total 46 44 55 45 51 55 40 37 21 28 30
                       
Promoting unauthorised cycle race on public highway                      
Merseyside 1 2 2
Total 1 2 2
                       
Use pedal cycle on an excluded road                      
Avon and Somerset 1 1
Cambridgeshire 1
Cheshire 1 1 1
Cleveland 1
Durham 1
Greater Manchester 1 1 2
Hertfordshire 1
Humberside 1 2
Lancashire 1 1
Metropolitan Police 1
Northumbria 2
South Yorkshire 1 1
West Mercia 1
West Yorkshire 1
Total 3 2 1 7 1 2 5 4
                       
Pedal cycle wilfully obstructing the highway                      
Northamptonshire 1
Thames Valley 1
West Midlands 1
Total 1 1 1
                       
Rider of cycle failing to give name and address when alleged to have been cycling recklessly, dangerously, carelessly or inconsiderately                      
Avon and Somerset 1
Dorset 1
Essex 1
Greater Manchester 1
Hertfordshire 1
Humberside 1
Metropolitan Police 1 1 2 1 1
West Mercia 1
West Yorkshire 1
Total 2 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1
                       
Pedal cycle lighting and reflector offences (RVL Regs 1984)                      
Avon and Somerset 5 2 1 1 1 2 11 17 11 9 10
Bedfordshire 1
Cambridgeshire 1 1 1 35 2 7 1 1
Cheshire 5 7 3 2 1 1
City of London 1 2 2 3
Cleveland 2 7 1 2 2 1 4
Cumbria 20 14 12 43 44 25 28 9 3 2 7
Derbyshire 1 1 2
Devon and Cornwall 4 1 1 2 1 5
Dorset 3 2 1 1 17 5 1 3
Durham 3 1 2 3 1
Essex 3 2 1 3 2 4
Gloucestershire 1 1 10 3 5
Greater Manchester 13 13 21 7 12 6 2 5 9 10 14
Hampshire 24 21 14 8 15 19 3 4 7 2 5
Hertfordshire 1 1 1 1
Humberside 32 23 22 9 11 2 8 10 19 31 21
Kent 1 1 1 1 1 3
Lancashire 5 5 5 3 1 1 1 1 4 2
Leicestershire 1
Lincolnshire 1 5 1 1 1 3 1
Merseyside 3 4 2 5 5 2 3 3 3
Metropolitan Police 2 1 4 8 5 8 1 3 4 7
Norfolk 6 3 1 8 2 5 1 4 3 2 4
North Yorkshire 9 9 78 8 37 3 8 7 6 4 6
Northamptonshire 4 1
Northumbria 15 25 29 34 42 75 55 23 27 32 31
Nottinghamshire 2 1 1 3 1
South Yorkshire 1 1 2 1 2 2
Staffordshire 2 2 1 1 1 3
Suffolk 3 4 1 5 4 3 3 4 1
Surrey 1 1 1 1
Sussex 2 1 1 1
Thames Valley 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1
Warwickshire 6
West Mercia 12 7 5 8 11 5 5 3 1 1 4
West Midlands 2 1 2 2 2 3 3 6 2 3
West Yorkshire 1
Wiltshire 3 2 1 1 4 1
Dyfed-Powys 2 4 1 2 2 2 1
Gwent 1 2 2 1
North Wales 1 1 1 1
South Wales 4 1 2 6 1
Total 179 180 213 175 215 201 158 135 125 120 144
                       
Failing to stop pedal cycle when required by constable                      
Avon and Somerset 1
Cambridgeshire 1
Cheshire 1
City of London 1 4 3
Cleveland 1 1 1
Cumbria 1 1 1 1 1 1
Derbyshire 2
Durham 4 2 1 1
Essex 6 1
Gloucestershire 1
Greater Manchester 2 1 2 2
Hampshire 2 5 2 5
Hertfordshire 1
Humberside 3 2 2 2 1 3 1 1
Kent 1 1 2
Lancashire 3 1
Leicestershire 1 1
Lincolnshire 3
Merseyside 3 4 1
Metropolitan Police 1 9 27 26 43 32 37 48 38
Norfolk 1 1 2
North Yorkshire 1
Northumbria 1 1 2 4 2
Nottinghamshire 1 1 2 1
South Yorkshire 1
Staffordshire 1
Suffolk 1 1
Surrey 1 1 2
Sussex 1 1 1
Thames Valley 1 1 1 1
Warwickshire 1
West Mercia 2 1 1
West Midlands 1 1 2
West Yorkshire 1 1 1
Wiltshire 1 1 1 1
Gwent 1
South Wales 1 26 1
Total 17 5 8 50 36 35 61 46 60 65 54
(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (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. (3) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

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