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Use of the Horn (1568A/22)


I seek to make a FOI request for the number of prosecutions made in the last 5 years

Rule 112 of The Highway Code states:

‘The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving, and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively.

You MUST NOT use your horn:

–           While stationary on the road

–           When driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am except when another road user poses a danger.

except when another road user poses a danger.

Law CUR 1986 Reg 99′.

Please can you advise how many prosecutions there have been in the West Midlands over the last 5 years (most likely using S.42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988) in relation to breaches of Rule 112?


Between 01 January 2017 and 21 November 2022, we issued four tickets in relation to Rule 112 of the Highway Code:

2017 – 2

2018 – 0

2019 – 0

2020 – 1

2021 – 1

2022* – 0

* Partial year to 21 November 2022

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