Motoring offences - statistics

Motoring offences

The number of prosecutions for all motoring offences has increased by 4.5% over the last year, from 566,000 in 2013 to 591,000 in 2014.

The largest increases were seen in speed limit offences (a 26% increase in prosecutions from 127,000 in 2013 to 159,000 in 2014) and vehicle insurance offences (an 8% increase in prosecutions from 134,000 in 2013 to 144,000 in 2014).

Most other offences saw decreases. The offence group with the largest decline was vehicle registration and excise licence offences, which fell by 16%, from 71,000 in 2013 to 60,000 in 2014. Drink-driving, careless driving, using a mobile phone whilst driving and driving licence offences also all saw decreases.

The majority of the most serious motoring offences saw decreasing prosecutions over the last year, but causing death by dangerous driving saw an increase from 144 prosecutions in 2013 to 176 in 2014, reversing the decreasing trend observed since 2007. Causing death by careless driving saw a decrease from 234 in 2013 to 205 in 2014.

Prosecutions for causing serious injury by dangerous driving (introduced as an offence for the first time in December 2012) more than doubled, from 92 prosecutions in 2013 to 212 in 2014.

Overall, the custody rate for all motoring offences remained stable at around 1% from 2013 to 2014, although it increased slightly for causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs (93% to 96%), causing death by careless driving (28% to 30%) and causing serious injury by dangerous driving (64% to 73%).

The use of fines as a sentence outcome increased from 93% to 94% of principal disposals from 2013 to 2014.

The total number of offenders disqualified continued to decrease from 65,000 in 2013 to 58,000 in 2014, but the total number of offenders endorsed without disqualification (i.e. receiving points only) increased for the first time since 2009, from 291,000 in 2013 to 311,000 in 2014, an increase of 7%. 

Published 21st May 2015 by the Ministry of Justice.