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Conditional Offers and Alternatives to Points

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 8 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Conditional Offer Penalty Points Paying

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself charged with a motoring offence you might end up with a fine, penalty points or disqualification, which could be issued in the form of 'on-the-spot' fines or fixed penalty notices.

Conditional Offers

There may be situations where you are offered a conditional offer notice. Conditional offer notices work a very similar way to fixed penalty notices, in that they allow motorists to take the option of Accepting a Fixed Penalty rather than taking the matter to court.

It is Important to Note the Following:

  • You must produce your license within 28 days
  • If the conditions on the notice are not met in the time limit, the fixed penalty will not be registered as a fine, but a summons can then be issued.
  • The procedure for dealing with these notices is different in England and Wales than it is in Scotland, so make sure you read what the information says on the notice.

What do I do to Accept the Conditional Offer?

If you want to accept the offer you must send in your payment together with your driving license to the magistrate's court. If you have a photo card license you must send in both parts - the photo card and paper part of the license. If you have lost your driving licence then you need to obtain a new one from the DVLA, but by law you must still respond to the offer within 28 days. You should write to the Safety Camera Partnership to request that suspension of the process is considered due to these circumstances.

Driving Awareness Courses

In many areas of the UK, an alternative to Penalty Points and paying fines comes in the shape of driver awareness courses.

Across the country there are special courses or workshops designed to instruct drivers and raise their awareness of their actions on the road. Concentrating on education rather than punishment, the courses are designed to improve driving skills, attitude and behaviour for the safety of motorists and other road-users. They vary from area to area, but on the whole they tend to be similar. If you are eligible to attend one you will be informed via letter from the issuing authority and recent figures show that of those offered these alternatives, almost 100% are taking this option. You will have to pay for the course, which will usually be priced at a little more than the fine incurred originally, but any penalty points related to the offence will not be added to your license.

Some Examples of the Courses Offered

  • Speed Awareness Workshop - Urban Roads:This workshop is available to drivers who have been caught doing between 35-42 mph in a 30mph zone and 46-53mph in a 40mph zone. Classroom based the course lasts two and a half hours and costs around £80 - £100 which is paid instead of the £100 fine and three penalty points.
  • Speed Awareness Workshop - Faster Roads:This is for drivers detected doing between 57-64mph in a 50mph zone, between 68-75mph in a 60mph and between 79-86mph in a 70mph. The course is classroom based, lasts two and a half hours.
  • Red Light Camera Course:For drivers who have been caught Going Through a Red Light, this half-day theory based course runs for 3.5 hours. Those eligible will be contacted by the police once they have had their Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and by agreeing to attend the course they agree to participate and successfully complete the course which includes:

Attendees to the course must:

  • Attend all of the theory sessions
  • Complete all course paperwork
  • Make a positive contribution to the course
  • Demonstrate a willingness to improve their driving

The course is provided by a team of specially trained Department for Transport Approved Driving Instructors, costs £60.00, and must be paid in full 3 weeks prior to attending. It can be taken as an alternative to penalty points.

Several authorities also operate workshops designed for people who have been caught out using their mobile phone while driving. The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving is three penalty points on your license, a fine of £60 - £1000 for private car drivers. Drivers can opt to take the workshop as an alternative to the both fine and the points.

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Please help, I mistakenly paid for fixed penalty points instead of driver course. Can this be rectified ?
TL - 8-Oct-18 @ 5:07 PM
Hi pls help. I m in bits. I know no one cares but i do. I was driving home and my cousin whom is a new driver got stuck in a supermarket. The car wouldn't move. So i panicked cos she has young children who were crying. So i quickly picked up phone as she kept ringing and sed i m coming. Then police pull up. I dont get the letter of conditional offer? £200 & 6points on licences depending on if my licence has previous points. Does the points stay for ever how can i get rid of them? It is 1st offence. Can i not do a course? Pls help.
Char - 10-Sep-18 @ 12:40 PM
I have recently recieved an NIP for going 84pmh on a moterway, I have previously attended a red light awarness course and also have 3 points on my licence for speeding however never been on a speeding course. The speed I was going meets the threshold for being offered a course. How likely is it they would offer me one given the circumstances.
rayan1998 - 2-Sep-18 @ 4:15 PM
Hi I was caught doing 69mph in a 30 zone and was caught with the policeman with camera gun.. I thought it was still part of dual carriageway. SO I have now been asked to write in to court by 11th sept with my plea.. I have a clean license...so wondering what will happen
Ha - 1-Sep-18 @ 4:39 PM
Nas - Your Question:
Hi,I have an appointment to collect my taxi licence this week. I have 6 points already on my license due an accident almost 3 years ago. I received a letter stating I was doing 60 on a 50mph dual carriage way. This I'm not denying due to my current job as a courier which enforces time limits on parcels to be delivered. If I deliver outside of the window I could lose my job. Hence the reason applying for taxis. But having more points will effect my taxi license. As far as I can see there is no offer for a speed awareness course. What other options are there for me?Many thanks

Our Response:
The only alternative to a speed awareness course is points plus a fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 1-Aug-18 @ 10:34 AM
Burt- Your Question:
Hi I was recently caught holding my mobile phone , what are the chances of getting course instead of a fixed penalty

Our Response:
Courses are not usually offered as an alternative to a penalty since the decision to clamp down on mobile phone use while driving. The likely penalty will be £200 fine plus 6 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jul-18 @ 1:00 PM
Hi, I have an appointment to collect my taxi licence this week. I have 6 points already on my license due an accident almost 3 years ago. I received a letter stating I was doing 60 on a 50mph dual carriage way. This I'm not denying due to my current job as a courier which enforces time limits on parcels to be delivered. If I deliver outside of the window I could lose my job. Hence the reason applying for taxis. But having more points will effect my taxi license. As far as I can see there is no offer for a speed awareness course. What other options are there for me? Many thanks
Nas - 31-Jul-18 @ 4:54 AM
Hi I was recently caught holding my mobile phone , what are the chances of getting course instead of a fixed penalty
Burt - 30-Jul-18 @ 3:35 PM
Hi , i gota letter where saying that i ran red light and speed was 41mph in 30 mph zone. There is some chance to be offered course or fine and driving licence points waiting for me? Thanks
Diana - 29-Jul-18 @ 10:49 AM
Went through a red light under speed 26 mph but got flashed what are my options as ive done speed awareness course 2 years ago
Jimbo - 17-Jul-18 @ 9:34 PM
Hi I was approaching a set of lights at 30mph and didn’t have time to stop as I believed I didn’t have enough time to safely stop and got flashed going through the redlight this morning and wondering what the chances was of being offered an awareness course instead of a fine + 3 points.
Hmiah007 - 10-Jul-18 @ 7:28 PM
I was doing 31-32 in a 30 and the policeman on his bike flashed his camera at me I have done a speed awareness course within the last 3 years so will this be 3 points on my license or a warning letter?
Ellie - 5-Jul-18 @ 9:13 PM
MK - Your Question:
Hi. I was driving 43mph on 30mph road. What do you think is there any chance to get course offee or will I get fixes planty points.

Our Response:
This is probably slightly too high to be offered a speed awareness course but you may receive a fixed penalty of £100 fine plus 3 points. A court summons is usually only issued for speeds of over 50mph in a 30.
NoPenaltyPoints - 29-Jun-18 @ 2:04 PM
Hi. I was driving 43mph on 30mph road. What do you think is there any chance to get course offee or will I get fixes planty points.
MK - 27-Jun-18 @ 7:32 PM
Mart - Your Question:
HiWas coming down road at 42-43 in a 40 zone (I know not seriously speeding) didn't see enforcement unit till last minute in a van. There was no flash as I passed. Could I be prosecuted? Heard somewhere it was 10% buffer zone?

Our Response:
The guidelines state a device tolerance of up to 2mph is allowed and that a fixed penalty or speed awareness course will be offered at speeds of 46mph and above. So it's not definite but you may have avoided the flash/penalty.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Jun-18 @ 2:25 PM
Hi Was coming down road at 42-43 in a 40 zone (I know not seriously speeding) didn't see enforcement unit till last minute in a van. There was no flash as I passed. Could I be prosecuted? Heard somewhere it was 10% buffer zone?
Mart - 26-Jun-18 @ 6:05 PM
Ant - Your Question:
Hi,I have accidentally paid the fine and think I have given myself points instead of just booking the course, just not understanding the letter correctly.Can I go back on this as it was genuinely a mistake, I have never been ticketed before and this has stressed me out enough.Many Thanks,

Our Response:
Unfortunately once you've accepted the fixed penalty, you cannot change your mind and ask for a course.
NoPenaltyPoints - 25-Jun-18 @ 3:38 PM
Hi, I have accidentally paid the fine and think i have given myself points instead of just booking the course, just not understanding the letter correctly. Can i go back on this as it was genuinely a mistake, i have never been ticketed before and this has stressed me out enough. Many Thanks,
Ant - 23-Jun-18 @ 9:12 PM
Elizabeth7 - Your Question:
HiI have been caught probably with around 34mph in a 20 zone. Didn't pay attention to the signs and my speed downhill. My licence is new. And never had a problem before. It is very bad right? :(

Our Response:
It is bad, you clearly realise how irresponsible you've been. You may receive a court summons, but may get away with a fixed penalty of £100 fine plus 3 points. You probably won't be offered a speed awareness course. If the case goes to court, a band B fine (approx 100% of your net weekly income) and 4 to 6 points are likely. If you reach 6 points on your licence, it will be revoked under the New Drivers Act.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Jun-18 @ 12:04 PM
Caught doing 78 in a 50 what shud expect after filling in the letter to confirm that i am the driver
Billbo - 20-Jun-18 @ 1:06 AM
Hi I have been caught probably with around 34mph in a 20 zone. Didn't pay attention to the signs and my speed downhill. My licence is new. And never had a problem before. It is very bad right? :(
Elizabeth7 - 16-Jun-18 @ 5:49 PM
jimbob - Your Question:
Hi bit of a long post but I'm at my Witt's end with worry hope someone can help. Right I was driving along a road in area im not from but my partner is I had come to a junction stopped at the lights waited for it to go green and went on my way but instead of going straight ahead on the junction like your supposed to I done a left turn wich isnt allowed and in doing that ive gone through a red light without realising till after my partner says your meant to go on straight ahead by then it was to late ibahd allready made the turn now my problem is I already have 6 points on my license from a conviction I had over 3 years ago before I passed my test now these points are due off this year but im worried I wont be offered the red light awarness course but given 3 points and loose my lisence along with my job I have rung tge police on 101 and explained my situation and the lady said it sounds like I should be offered one but im still worried.

Our Response:
We really can't say whether you'll be offered a course or not unfortunately, as these are always offered at the discretion of the police.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Jun-18 @ 3:39 PM
Hi bit of a long post but I'm at my Witt's end with worry hope someone can help. Right i was driving along a road in area im not from but my partner is i had come to a junction stopped at the lights waited for it to go green and went on my way but instead of going straight ahead on the junction like your supposed to i done a left turn wich isnt allowed and in doing that ive gone through a red light without realising till after my partner says your meant to go on straight ahead by then it was to late ibahd allready made the turn now my problem is i already have 6 points on my license from a conviction I had over 3 years ago before i passed my test now these points are due off this year but im worried i wont be offered the red light awarness course but given 3 points and loose my lisence along with my job i have rung tge police on 101 and explained my situation and the lady said it sounds like i should be offered one but im still worried.
jimbob - 11-Jun-18 @ 12:29 PM
I have recently booked to do a speed awareness course next month to avoid points. Today I think a camera flashed as I went through an amber light that turned red as I went though. If i was flashed, do I have a chance of being offered a red light course or will the fact I'm already booked up to do a speed awareness course make me ineligible? I know you can't do more than one 'speed' awareness course in 3 years but I don't know if you can't do more than one course full stop?
Dan - 31-May-18 @ 10:50 PM
I have completed a course a couple of months back for going through a red light. I now have a ticket through for exceeding the speed limit, they have offered me to do a course but am I able to?
Esse - 30-May-18 @ 6:56 PM
I was caught doing 67mph on a road (A13) that is usually 70mph, but it has a temporary speed limit of 50mph due to roadworks. The roadworks take place during the night. What will I receive? I'm scared I'll get 6 points and lose my license as I've only been driving a year.
Hannah - 27-May-18 @ 10:52 AM
Hello I have got a letter for doing 40 in a 30 already done a course it was unfortunate as my sat nav was indicating the road was 40 ( sat nav now in bin ) what will my penalty be
Caz - 23-May-18 @ 1:52 PM
I got caught doing 68 in a 50mph average speed check zone on a motorway. No convictions for 8 years. What am I likely to receive? Will I be eligible for a speed awareness course? I drive this route everyday and am worried I will receive another ticket. I always make a conscious effort to watch my speed but when you drive in rush hour on the motorway the traffic moves together!
Emily123 - 22-May-18 @ 10:04 PM
Bot - Your Question:
I got caught doing 45 in a 30 zone no previous convictions what is my likely points and fine?

Our Response:
The most likely outcome will be a fixed penaltyof 3 points plus £100 but as it's only 5 mph away from a court summons, do not completely rule this out.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-May-18 @ 3:45 PM
bigbry - Your Question:
I've 9 points already and 6 clear on the 12th July 2018. I've got caught doing 35 on a 30 zone. I've received the letter back saying I can pay £100 and get 3 points but wouldn't I still have to go to court?

Our Response:
You accept the fixed penalty but under the totting up rule, you will lose your licence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-May-18 @ 3:41 PM
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