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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Motoring offenders proceedings at all courts by police force area, sentence and year
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Wales[Collapse]North Wales[Collapse]North Wales[Collapse]All Sentences Immediate custody233167145124129846996698086
Suspended sentence681001017181715551699495
Community sentence525438392385341311263234183182170
Absolute discharge5968515643422617161410
Conditional discharge5874496324282012222113
Otherwise dealt with7445455532442627564641
Not sentenced2,7473,2772,4022,1421,7881,4211,0701,0061,074903778
[Collapse]Dyfed-Powys[Collapse]Dyfed-Powys[Collapse]All Sentences Immediate custody10364815938404434224638
Suspended sentence2078577363344244374754
Community sentence337323300222241167201200132117124
Absolute discharge685849333533231020916
Conditional discharge1251351065593494530352716
Otherwise dealt with452551231314891674
Not sentenced1,5031,4981,3321,2459951,0539468841,0241,0861,129
[Collapse]South Wales[Collapse]South Wales[Collapse]All Sentences Immediate custody782609484337325265236208182183249
Suspended sentence105316359225239206204181180162222
Community sentence1,445905778540847642618522421444420
Absolute discharge258215174109134905557362122
Conditional discharge54649931615119416913060615846
Otherwise dealt with9066893723556081316234643718
Not sentenced8,1287,1845,8753,9324,3203,8613,3053,3343,6594,6355,625
[Collapse]Gwent[Collapse]Gwent[Collapse]All Sentences Immediate custody3172471661511058389726365108
Suspended sentence181121339595654757766779
Community sentence588558441357328227258210151153151
Absolute discharge342537263525323016149
Conditional discharge7687735872493629251616
Otherwise dealt with933025173326121310812
Not sentenced1,6951,4491,3238819788061,003966808733468


Motoring Offenders proceedings at all courts by police force area and sentence

Last update
09 February 2017 09 February 2017

Next update
December 2017

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

National Statistics

Geographical coverage
England and Wales

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
This annual statistical bulletin contains data relating to motoring offences on:
• Court proceedings against motoring offenders (2008 – 2015)
• Civil parking enforcements, carried out by local authorities, are not covered in this bulletin.

Equivalent data for England can be found at the links for the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. Transport Scotland publish the number of motor vehicle offences recorded by the police by type of offence in the ‘Road Transport Vehicles’ chapter of the compendium publication titled “Scottish Transport Statistics”: ( The Scottish Government publishes the number of people proceeded against in court for motor vehicle offences in the Statistical Bulletin titled “Criminal Proceedings in Scotland”: (
The Police Service of Northern Ireland produces statistics on fixed penalty notices: ( The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service publish the number of defendants disposed of in the magistrates’ courts for motoring offences: (

Data collection and calculation
Data Source
The information on court proceedings reproduces the statistics compiled by the Ministry of Justice in their criminal justice series (

The coverage in ‘Police Powers and Procedures’ includes the use of police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for motoring offences. This is broken down by offence type and how they were dealt with (eg. penalty paid or fine registered at court). The data presented are drawn from returns from police forces in England and Wales. The figures also include notices issued by police employed traffic wardens for parking offences. It should be stressed here that most traffic wardens are now employed by local authorities, and their activities are not covered here.
Below is a list of the local authorities in Wales who have taken over the responsibility for parking enforcement and when this occurred:

Neath Port Talbot - 1 June 1999
Carmarthenshire - 1 June 1999
Denbighshire - 1 July 2004
Conwy - 1 Sept 2006
Gwynedd - 1 April 2007
Isle of Anglesey - 1 April 2007
Wrexham - 1 March 2008
Swansea - 1 Sept 2008
Cardiff - 5 July 2010
Pembrokeshire - 1 Feb 2011
Powys - 1 April 2011
Merthyr Tydfil - 11 Jan 2012
Ceredigion - 4 June 2012
Rhondda Cynon Taff - 1 Aug 2012
Bridgend - 1 April 2013
Vale of Glamorgan - 1 April 2013
Flintshire - 1 Oct 2013

Statistics on Vehicle Defect Rectification notices for motoring offences no longer appear in this bulletin as they were withdrawn from 2009.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods

Rounding applied
No rounding has been applied to the data. For entries where there are no data "*" .

Statistical quality
The statistics are used both within and outside the Welsh Government to monitor trends in driving offences and as a baseline for further analysis. Breath test statistics are used to measure the effectiveness of drink–drive campaigns by police forces.

Timeliness and Punctuality
The statistics on court proceedings relate to cases in the magistrates’ courts in Wales during 12 months ending December 2015

Motoring offenders statistical release:

Motoring Offenders, Court Type, Police Force Area, Sentence