HC Deb 18 March 1925 vol 181 c2266
76. Colonel DAY

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of motorists who were prosecuted for any offences under the Motor Car Acts during the year 1924; the number of fines that were inflicted upon them: the gross amount paid by the motorists in respect of these fines; and the number of prison sentences that were passed on motorists for breach of driving laws during 1924?


According to the police returns made to the Home Office, 123,826 persons were prosecuted under the Motor Car Acts in 1924: 112,091 were fined and six were sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine. These figures do not, of course, include offences by motorists—such as drunkenness or offences against the revenue—which do not come under the Motor Car Acts. The total amount in respect of fines paid into the Roads Fund during the year was £109,546. This was mainly in respect of motor cars, but includes also fines for offences in connection with other vehicles.


Does not my hon. Friend think that if motors are not driving to the danger of the public they should not continue to be exposed to these police traps which are set for the purpose of securing fines and benefiting the local rates?


Can the hon. Gentleman state the number of members of the. Government and of their supporters who have been prosecuted?