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Speeding still top road offence, finds IAM

Figures obtained by the IAM from the Ministry of Justice show that the numbers of those found guilty of the offence have from 115,935 to 148,426, an increase of 28% and marking the highest number since 2005.

The next highest offence where defendants were found guilty was vehicle insurance-related crimes. Some 118,254 people were found guilty in court of this, which is 7% up on 2013 but 84% down on a decade ago.

The figures also show that vehicle registration and excise duty offences and driving with alcohol in the blood above the legal limit are both offences that have fallen in huge numbers in the past ten years.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “We can see from these figures that as the UK comes out of recession traffic levels have risen, speeding appears to be becoming more prevalent and regrettably casualties are rising again. The government and police forces cannot afford to take their eye off the ball and more visible policing is, in our view, the key way to ensure that people don’t think they can get away with speeding. “In addition local campaigns must remain high-profile to make sure drivers don’t get complacent, or forget that speed can kill.”

The top five list of offences where offenders are found guilty in court is as follows:

Offence /2004 / 2013 / 2014 /% change (one-year) / % change (10-year)

1. Speed limit offences /146,161 / 115,935 / 148,426/28%/2%           

2. Vehicle insurance offences /218,142 / 110,843 / 118,254 / 7% / -84%           

3. Failing to supply information as to identity of driver when required /not applicable / 50,687 / 54,372 / 7% / not applicable

4. Vehicle registration and excise licence offences / 192,959 / 55,182 / 46,636 / -15% / -314%

5. Driving with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit / 74,055 / 40,683 / 37,853 / -7% / -96%

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.