§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the latest available annual figures of motorists who have been(a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) failure to accord precedence at zebra and pedestrian crossings, (ii) failure to stop at a red or amber traffic light, (iii) speeding, (iv) drunken driving, (v) illegal use of bus lanes and (vi) reckless driving respectively, (1) in the Metropolitan police area of London and (2) for England and Wales; and if he will also give these figures for the preceding nine years.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information held centrally does not distinguish offences of illegal use of bus lanes from other offences of neglect of traffic directions.
Complete information on the other offences is readily available only for 1987 to 1989 and is as follows: 55W
Number of proceedings and findings of guilt for certain motoring offences in England and Wales and the Metropolitan Police District 1987–1989 Proceedings Findings of guilt Year and offence England and Wales Metropolitan Police England and Wales Metropolitan Police 1987 Neglect of pedestrian rights (endorseable offences1 20,283 5,788 18,778 5,506 Failing to comply with traffic sign2 20,665 6,167 17,189 5,711 Speed limit offences 170,363 21,432 163,916 21,104 Driving etc after consuming alcohol or taking drugs 130,533 22,693 115,097 18,583 Reckless driving 6,954 500 5,010 405 1988 Neglect of pedestrian rights (endorseable offences1) 18,825 5,489 17,143 5,209 Failing to comply with traffic sign2 21,928 6,235 18,370 5,685 Speed limit offences 173,321 18,441 166,129 18,026 Driving etc after consuming alcohol or taking drugs 135,825 24,110 119,033 19,590 Reckless driving 8,763 621 6,470 554 1989 Neglect of pedestrian rights (endorseable offences1) 15,771 3,431 14,125 3,169 Failing to comply with traffic sign2 20,726 3,505 17,014 3,053 Speed limit offences 172,985 10,788 164,282 10,253 Driving etc after consuming alcohol or taking drugs 129,122 20,731 114,347 17,278 Reckless driving 9,654 643 6,964 604 1 Includes also offences of neglect of pedestrian rights in controlled areas, on pelican crossings, in playstreets etc in addition to zebra and pedestrian crossings. 2 Includes also offences of failing to comply with traffic signs, stop signs and double white lines etc in addition to traffic lights.
The information for 1990 and 1991 is not yet available. Information on findings of guilt only for the last three offence categories shown in the above table for the years 1980 to 1986 may be found in "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales", supplementary tables. Copies of each year's volumes are in the Library.