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Conditional Offers and Alternatives to Points

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 16 Jan 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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I have just been issued a notice of intended prosecution, I was caught doing 44mp in a 30 zone, I was charged with a dr10 2 years ago and I have only just recieved my license back 7 months ago, I am worried sick and know I have been stupid on more than one occasion, what is the likely outcome? I will be admitting it was me driving obviously!
MrWorried - 16-Jan-18 @ 8:49 PM
Hi, I've just received notice of a conditional offer of 3 points for speeding 70 in a 50 mph restricted road (M11). I just so happen to be in the process of renewing my insurance and wanted to know what the SP code will be. As it's over 50mph will it be SP50? Or will it be SP30 as it's 3 points? Everything I read online tells me it's 4 points for over 50 mph and SP50. Be good to know as I will have to tell insurers :( Thanks
Tom - 16-Jan-18 @ 10:39 AM
JJ - Your Question:
My boyfriend got caught speeding 3 weeks ago doing 40 in a 30 area and has been offered a speeding awareness course which he is going to do in February. However he got caught last week by a speed van doing 90 on a 70 dual carriageway. Will he just get 3 points and a fine or could it be worse?

Our Response:
He may be given 3 points plus £100 fine but there's a slim chance a court summons might be issued.
NoPenaltyPoints - 15-Jan-18 @ 2:38 PM
My boyfriend got caught speeding 3 weeks ago doing 40 in a 30 area and has been offered a speeding awareness course which he is going to do in February. However he got caught last week by a speed van doing 90 on a 70 dual carriageway. Will he just get 3 points and a fine or could it be worse?
JJ - 12-Jan-18 @ 4:46 PM
Mark- Your Question:
I have just had a notice of prosecution for speeding at 72 mph in a 60 mph zone in North Yorkshire. Do you think I might get a speed awareness course as opposed to points? Thanks for any advice.

Our Response:
The upper limit for the offer of a speed awareness course is 75mph so there is a chance you may be offered one.They are always offered at the discretion of the police though.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Jan-18 @ 1:02 PM
I have just had a notice of prosecution for speeding at 72 mph in a 60 mph zone in North Yorkshire. Do you think I might get a speed awareness course as opposed to points? Thanks for any advice.
Mark - 10-Jan-18 @ 5:24 PM
I got notice of doing 58 on 50 limit - I already have 6 points from 2 years back for speeding on motor way. Will I be offered speed awareness course. Dont want another 3 points! Thanks
Alan - 6-Jan-18 @ 5:15 PM
Hi i have just had my NIP throught i was doing 90mph on the motorway is there any chance i could be offered a speed awareness course?
Tom - 6-Jan-18 @ 12:31 PM
Hi have done 68 mph on on the m4 betweenj23a and j24 that part i did not realise was a 50mph zone. I have had a letter giving me an option to take the points and £100 penalty. This is my first time offenceis there any way i could be eligible to apply for an awareness course.
Kan - 6-Jan-18 @ 9:40 AM
boycie- Your Question:
I’ve been caught doing 54 in a 40 at 06:50 on a Sunday morning I have done a speed awareness course before maybe over 3 years ago but can’t confirm.Will they let me do it again or what points and fine am I looking at ?

Our Response:
The upper limit for the offer of a speed awareness course (in a 40 zone) is 53mph so it's not very likely that one will be offered this time. The fixed penalty is £100 fine plus 3 penatly points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Jan-18 @ 3:38 PM
I’ve been caught doing 54 in a 40 at 06:50 on a Sunday morning I have done a speed awareness course before maybe over 3 years ago but can’t confirm. Will they let me do it again or what points and fine am I looking at ?
boycie - 4-Jan-18 @ 6:00 PM
I am 17 and passed my test last week, i jumped a red light by accident and I have received my notice of intended prosecution. I will be admitting the offence. My question is will I be offered a awareness course being 17 and only passed my test 7 days ago. If anyone can give advice I would be very greatful.
Niamh - 21-Dec-17 @ 6:00 PM
HH - Your Question:
Hi, I really need some help here. Yesterday evening I was stopped by undercover police for doing 44.7mph in a 30 zone.I was apologetic when in the police car, and this is my first ever offence as I have a completely clean license.Where do I stand as it is my first offence? Will I possibly be offered the awareness course even though I was doing 44mph?

Our Response:
It's unlikely that you will be offered a course - the upper limit in the recommended guidelines is 42mph. These courses are always offered at the discretion of the police though. Did the officer give you any idea what course of action might be next? A fixed penalty of £100 plus 3 penalty points might an alternative as a court summons is usually only issued for speeds of 50mph in a 30mph zone.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Dec-17 @ 11:45 AM
Paul - Your Question:
Hi - I’ve had a court summons for 95 on a 70mph stretch of duel carriage way. I have a clean license ATM with only one speeding conviction prior a few years ago. What an mmm I possibly looking at !! Clearly I’m going to plead guilty and not make matters worse.

Our Response:
Your speed is too high to be offered a speed awareness course. You may be offered a fixed penalty, but a court summons is usually issued at speeds of 96mph or above. If the road you were travelling on was not a motorway a summons might be the most likely result, but it is of course entirely up to the police.
NoPenaltyPoints - 18-Dec-17 @ 12:53 PM
Hi, I really need some help here. Yesterday evening I was stopped by undercover police for doing 44.7mph in a 30 zone. I was apologetic when in the police car, and this is my first ever offence as I have a completely clean license. Where do I stand as it is my first offence? Will I possibly be offered the awareness course even though I was doing 44mph?
HH - 16-Dec-17 @ 5:36 PM
Hi - I’ve had a court summons for 95 on a 70mph stretch of duel carriage way. I have a clean license ATM with only one speeding conviction prior a few years ago. What an mmm I possibly looking at !! Clearly I’m going to plead guilty and not make matters worse.
Paul - 15-Dec-17 @ 5:57 PM
I am a private hire driver in London and picked someone up from a train station in a way that most of my car was on white zig zag and got penalty from an undercover police officer. Most likely I will get 3 points + fine according the policeman as I am proffessional driver. Is it possible that I will be offered a driver awareness course in order to not to get points of my licence?
Tom - 13-Dec-17 @ 7:13 PM
Jay - Your Question:
I have been to a speed awareness course last year , recently I have jumped a red light as I was in a rush , would I be offered another course?

Our Response:
Sometimes a driver awareness course is offered if the previous course was of a different nature (i.e a speed awareness course). Courses are always offered at the discretion of the police however.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Dec-17 @ 2:19 PM
E92Rory- Your Question:
Hi, I was caught doing 66 in a 50. however it was a temporary camera in a variable speed zone. Tbh I am rather peed off because I drove like a fairy all the way as I didn't know the area. With it being in a variable speed zone and a temporary speed limit will this affect my chances of getting offered the course as I know the limit is 64

Our Response:
It's unlikely (but no impossible) that you'll be offered the course as you are over the recommended guideline limits. The fact that it was in a variable speed limit area may not make a huge difference. If a course is not offered, the most likely penalty will be 3 points plus £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Dec-17 @ 11:28 AM
I have been to a speed awareness course last year , recently I have jumped a red light as I was in a rush , would I be offered another course?
Jay - 10-Dec-17 @ 11:43 PM
Hi, I was caught doing 66 in a 50.. however it was a temporary camera in a variable speed zone. Tbh I am rather peed off because I drove like a fairy all the way as I didn't know the area. With it being in a variable speed zone and a temporary speed limit will this affect my chances of getting offered the course as I know the limit is 64
E92Rory - 10-Dec-17 @ 9:25 AM
Jay - Your Question:
I've just had a letter through saying I was caught speeding in a variable speed limit zone where the limit was 50mph and I was doing 61mph.Am I likely to be offered a safety awareness course or will this be points and a fine?

Our Response:
61mph is within the recommended guidelines for the offer of a speed awareness course, but these courses are always offered at the discretion of the police. The alternative is likely to be 3 penalty points plus a £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Dec-17 @ 3:39 PM
I've just had a letter through saying I was caught speeding in a variable speed limit zone where the limit was 50mph and i was doing 61mph. Am i likely to be offered a safety awareness course or will this be points and a fine?
Jay - 6-Dec-17 @ 3:35 PM
Luke - Your Question:
Hi iv had a red light fine for running a red light and got offered a corse in the same month I got cought doing 36 in a 30 and got offered for this also even tho Iv booked my corse for the red light! Can I take the offer on them both so I don’t get no points?

Our Response:
Check the titles on the courses you've been offered, if they're different (e.g one is a speed awareness course and the other is a driver awareness course etc) then you may be able to take both. It's worth checking this with the police first.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Nov-17 @ 3:23 PM
Hi iv had a red light fine for running a red light and got offered a corse in the same month I got cought doing 36 in a 30 and got offered for this also even tho Iv booked my corse for the red light! Can I take the offer on them both so I don’t get no points?
Luke - 24-Nov-17 @ 8:01 AM
Jj- Your Question:
I have been caught doing 50 in a 30, this is the first offence on my license as last convinction is over 5 years ago, what is the likely outcome of this? Will it be 6 points or will be summoned to court?

Our Response:
It's most likely a court summons will beissued for this kind of speed. We can't say what a judge would decide but this could result in a fine plus 6 points and/or possibly a ban for 7 - 28 days.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Nov-17 @ 3:13 PM
Derek - Your Question:
I have just received penalty notice that I went through red light just a short distance from my house. I have lived at same address for 54 years with clean Licence all that time and driven this road tens of thousands of time with ever committing an offence.I am elderly with max No Claims Bonus. How will this effect my policy?

Our Response:
We really can't say how much it will affect your premium, this really depends on your insurer.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Nov-17 @ 11:19 AM
I have just received penalty notice that I went through red light just a short distance from my house.I have lived at same address for 54 years with clean Licence all that time and driven this road tens of thousands of time with ever committing an offence. I am elderly with max No Claims Bonus.How will this effect my policy?
Derek - 20-Nov-17 @ 10:54 AM
I have been caught doing 50 in a 30, this is the first offence on my license as last convinction is over 5 years ago, what is the likely outcome of this? Will it be 6 points or will be summoned to court?
Jj - 18-Nov-17 @ 6:31 PM
Jamesg123 - Your Question:
I have been caught doing 58 in a 40, I realise that speed awareness is out of the question, however will this be a fixed penalty £100 + 3points or a court summons thank you in advance

Our Response:
The usual speed above which a court summons will be issued for speeds in a 40mph zone is 66mph. So unless there are other circumstances we're not aware of, it's more likely you will receive a fine and points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 15-Nov-17 @ 2:23 PM
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