Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Home Office written question – answered on 27th November 2015.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2015 to Question 15363, what assessments she has made of the capacity of traffic police to enforce fixed-penalty notices for the traffic offences relating to use of mobile telephones.

Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2015 to Question 15363, how many drivers incurred a fixed-penalty charge for using a mobile telephone at the wheel in each of the last five years.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Data on the number of fixed penalty notices issued by the police for using a handheld mobile phone while driving in England and Wales in the last five years is set out below.

The enforcement of this offence is an operational matter for individual Chief Officers of police and decisions on the size and composition of a force’s workforce are for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners.

Number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued by police in England and Wales (1) for using a handheld mobile phone while driving, 2010 (2) to 2014:

Number (thousands) England and Wales

Offence

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Use of handheld mobile phone while driving

124.7

123.1

92.7

52.4

29.7

Source: Police Powers and Procedures, year ending March 2015, Home Office

Notes

1. Excludes British Transport Police

2. Data for 2010 is not directly comparable with data from 2011 onwards due to the introduction of the PentiP system which records FPNs in England and Wales. Data from 2011 onwards is slightly lower that comparative data from the previous system.

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