Speeding still tops the list of motoring offences as numbers rise

Speeding still tops the list of motoring offences as numbers rise 19th October 2015

British people are committing more motoring offences now than they have in recent years, with speeding still the number one issue that drivers have problems with when they are on the road. 

According to figures obtained from the government by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), in the last ten years, speeding has been the biggest motoring related offence when someone is found guilty in court. 

It also said that in the last 12 months alone there has been a substantial rise in the number of people found guilty of speeding. Between 2014 and 2015, there was an increase from 115,935 to 148,426. This means that this year's speeding offences were 28 per cent higher than a year ago. 

By way of comparison, there was only a two per cent rise overall between 2004 and 2014, and the figure for this year now represents the highest number of speeding offenders recorded in any 12 month period since 2005. 

Sarah Sillars, IAM Chief Executive Officer, said the government and the police need to make sure they are doing enough to reverse this trend in rising speeding numbers. 

“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," she said.  

"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."

Aside from speeding offences, the most common crimes caused on the British roads were insurance related issues, although this has seen a sharp drop since 2004. Vehicle registration and excise duty offences and driving with alcohol in the blood above the legal limit have also both seen sizeable falls in the last ten years, showing that there is a way to combat rises. 

Posted by Danielle Barge