Motoring offences up by 22 per cent

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Motoring offences up by 22 per cent

Since lockdown eased in 2021, motorists have been back on the road.
This could explain why motoring convictions are on the rise again.
Motoring convictions increased by 22% in 2021, hitting 565,000.
This is up from 463,000 in 2020. For some of these offences, 31% of offenders had a driving ban. Over half were disqualified for more than a year. But the most common motoring offences still remain the same as 2020, with speed limit and vehicle insurance offences at the top of the offences chart.
Having a motoring conviction code on your driving licence could affect you if you drive for a living. It’s likely to put up your car insurance costs too. So why are motoring convictions on the rise?
Let’s look at each offence in more detail and what they could include.
The top motoring convictions for 2021:
Speed limit offences
Vehicle Insurance offences
Failing to supply the identity of driver
Driving under the influence, for example drugs or alcohol
Other motoring offences – for example, using a mobile phone while driving
Vehicle registration and excise licence offences
Neglecting road regulations – this doesn’t include speeding
Driving licence related offences
Dangerous driving
1. Speed limit offences
Over 30% of driving offences in 2021 were related to speeding. Over 44,000 people were issued fines between £200 and £300 for speed limit offences. This is the same amount received a driving ban of up to 6 months because of speeding. In 2020, offenders received just over 33,000 fines for this amount for the same offence.
Speed limit offences could include:
Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits
Exceeding the speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles)
Exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road
Exceeding the passenger vehicle speed limit
Exceeding the speed limit on a motorway.
If you’re caught by a speed camera, you’re sent a notice of intended prosecution or a section 172 notice and a Notice of Intended Prosecution. If you’re stopped by the police they might:
Give you a verbal warning.
Issue or send you a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Order you to go to court. You should get a letter telling you what you’re being prosecuted for.
In some areas, speed limits have been introduced to reduce emissions. These areas have further monitoring by speed cameras. So this could be some explanation as to why the speed limit offences are so high. But with speed limiters being introduced into new cars from July 2022, speed limit offences could reduce in coming years.
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