Skip to content

Motoring offenders

Bookmark and Share
  • Release date: 5 December 2018
  • Period covered: 2017
An annual report which includes information on proceedings at Magistrates' courts, drug and drink driving offences and breath tests.

This chart shows the number of endorsable and non-endorsable FPNs issued in wales between 2011 and 2017. In 2017, there was a 5.3 per cent increase in endorsable FPNs (up 3,371) and a 23.8 per cent fall in non-endorsable FPNs (down 3,072) when compared to 2016. In 2017 endorsable FPNs accounted for 87.2 per cent (66,811) of FPNs and non-endorsable FPNs accounted for 12.8 per cent (9,815).

Key points

Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)

  • In 2017, police and traffic wardens issued 76,600 FPNs in Wales, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared with 2016.
  • Speed limit offences accounted for 77.7 per cent (59,500) of these.

Court proceedings

  • 46,900 motoring offenders were dealt with by the magistrates’ courts in Wales in 2017. This is a fall of 27.6 per cent since 2016; however this does not necessarily reflect a genuine fall in the number of prosecutable offences committed in Wales.
  • The most common groups of offences were 'speed limit offences' (14,500) and 'vehicle insurance offences' (10,500). 'Vehicle test offences' (15) was the least common offence group.

Screening breath tests

  • In 2017, 37,000 screening breath tests were carried out in Wales. 4,500 of these tests (11 per cent) had a positive result, a fall of 2.2 per cent compared with 2016.


Tel: 0300 025 0066

Tel: 0300 025 8099

Keep up to date @StatisticsWales@StatisticsWales Sign up to our newsletterSign up to our newsletter