Motoring offences by police service area (2011-2020)

Want to know what your police have been doing to reduce road danger?

On this page, you can find links to data on motoring sanctions given in the past decade in each police service area.

Why is this needed?

Data on motoring offences is published in a fragmented and belated manner. The two main data sources (Ministry of Justice and Home Office) cover different offences (with some overlap) and come out at different times.

Analysis has traditionally used either the Ministry of Justice MoJ) data on court prosecutions or the Home Office data on out of court sanctions. Neither shows the whole picture – some offences can only be sanctioned at court (e.g. drink/drug driving, dangerous driving), some can be sanctioned in or out of court (e.g. speeding, dangerous driving), some are only out of court (e.g. seat belts). Here, we bring Home Office and MoJ Court data together.

Increased transparency and accountability are key aims of our Roads Policing campaign. We cannot make the data come out faster but we can and have pulled it together and made it easier to use.  

How this data can help

This is intended to promote evidence based discussions with your police and PCC. With this data, campaigners, policy makers and police can now see:

  • How enforcement has changed over the last decade, including the change between 2019 and 2020 when the pandemic stuck.
  • Total sanctions for those offences (speeding, careless driving, uninsured vehicles, etc) which are both sanctioned out of court and prosecuted at court.
  • Where the police are focusing their efforts, i.e. which offences are being detected.

Total motoring offences (2011-2020) by police region and service

Each police region Excel file includes the data for England and Wales and the police services within that region.

North East: Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria.

North West: Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Yorkshire and The Humber: Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

London: City of London and Metropolitan Police.

East Midlands: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

West Midlands: Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands.

East: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

South East: Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley.

South West: Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Wales; Dyfed-Powys, Gwent and South Wales and North Wales.

Sources are shown with each table and each worksheet has  a background note.

AVZ analysis is based on prosecutions as our focus is on police enforcement. Court conviction data has already been published, by police service, for recent years.