Road Traffic Offences

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd October 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, of the court prosecutions for traffic offences in 2016, how many (1) were generated by camera enforcement or initiated by police officers, and (2) ended with (a) disposals by use of National Driver Offender Retrainer Schemes, and (b) Fixed Penalty Notices.

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The Home Office collects and publishes data annually on the number of motoring offences dealt via a fixed penalty notice (FPN) in the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins. Data up to 2015 can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales

Data on FPNs for motoring offences issued in 2016 will be published in the next edition of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin. This bulletin is scheduled for release on Thursday 26th October.

Offences that come under ‘neglect of traffic directions’ and ‘speed limit offences’ may be detected by the police or by traffic enforcement cameras.

Data on these offences, up to 2015, can be found in the following table broken down by camera detected and non-camera detected:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/561976/fixed-penalty-notices-police-powers-procedures-hosb1516-tables.ods

When an individual receives a FPN for a motoring offence, there are a number of outcomes they could face: pay a fine, receive points on their driving licence, attend a driver retraining course or face court action which may lead to prosecution. Once an individual faces court action they lose the option of attending a driver retraining course.

The Home Office has previously only published FPNs which resulted in a fine or points on a drivers licence. In the next edition of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin the Home Office has widened the scope of the data it publishes to include the additional outcomes (such as driver retraining courses).

Information on convictions for motoring offences is the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice.

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