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Information on proceedings at Magistrates' courts, drug and drink driving offences and breath tests for 2017.

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% increase in endorsable FPNs (up 3,371) and a 23.8% fall in non-endorsable FPNs (down 3,072) when compared to 2016. In 2017 endorsable FPNs accounted for 87.2% (66,811) of FPNs and non-endorsable FPNs accounted for 12.8% (9,815).

Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)

  • In 2017, police and traffic wardens issued 76,600 FPNs in Wales, an increase of 0.4% compared with 2016.
  • Speed limit offences accounted for 77.7% (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% 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%) had a positive result, a fall of 2.2% compared with 2016.


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