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Conditional Offers and Alternatives to Points

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 24 Mar 2017 | 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 35-39mph in a 30mph zone and 46-50mph in a 40mph zone. Classroom based the course lasts two and a half hours and costs £74 which is paid instead of the £60 fine and three penalty points.
  • Speed Awareness Workshop - Faster Roads:This is for driver's detected doing between 57-61mph in a 50mph zone, between 68-72mph in a 60mph and between 79-83mph in a 70mph. The course is classroom based, lasts two and a half hours and costs £74, which is paid instead of the £60 fine and three penalty points.
  • Speed Awareness Course:This is for those drivers who are outside the speed awareness threshold, and for whom the usual course of action is a court summons. If they are less than 10mph over the threshold they may be invited to attend this course. It comprises of three hours in the classroom and two on the road and costs £94. The driver will still get a £60 fine and 3 penalty points but it means that they will not have to appear in court.
  • 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 was caught doing 37 on a 30 by a handheld speed gun. I was given a written NIP at the roadside by the officer, but it was over a month that any fine came through to my home. Do I have any grounds to appeal this fine as it's over the 14 day time barred period?
Jay - 24-Mar-17 @ 8:12 AM
Aman - Your Question:
Hi, I have received an intended prosecution notice for driving at 35 on a 30mph zone. Isn't 10% access + 2mph allowed. Can I appeal on that basis?I am on my full non European licence (allowed for 12 months in UK) + I have just got a UK provisional licence. Should I mention my foreign licence details on the intended precaution notice to identify driver, on the basis that I was driving alone with no 'L' sign on the car? Dvla allows that.Am I eligible for speed awareness course? Northamptonshire county it is.

Our Response:
The police guidelines suggest that action will be taken at speeds of 35mph and above. Your speed would qualify for a speed awareness course, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be offered one. Give the details of both your European licence and your UK provisional if you can.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Mar-17 @ 2:23 PM
Hi, I have received an intended prosecution notice for driving at 35 on a 30mph zone. Isn't 10% access + 2mph allowed. Can I appeal on that basis? I am on my full non European licence(allowed for 12 months in UK) + I have just got a UK provisional licence. Should i mention my foreign licence details on the intended precaution notice to identify driver, on the basis that I was driving alone with no 'L' sign on the car? Dvla allows that.. Am I eligible for speed awareness course? Northamptonshire county it is.
Aman - 19-Mar-17 @ 11:04 PM
Hi there. I have just received a notice of prosecution from Northants Police for doing 47mph in a 40mph zone and have returned the notice admitting that I was the driver. Looking at the police evidence online I note that their equipment was last calibrated in September 2016. Is that recent enough to be accurate and what is the likely outcome if this goes through?
KarateKid - 5-Mar-17 @ 10:31 PM
Jayne- Your Question:
Hi, I have just received a notice of intended prosecution for driving 41 in a 30 zone, and I wondered if you could indicate what punishments there tend to be? I've been driving 10+ years and never had any offence. Many thanks, Jayne

Our Response:
You may just be lucky enough to be offered a speed awareness course - the upper limits for which are 42mph according to police guidelines. If a course is not offered, you may be given a £100 fine plus 3 penalty points. It's unlikely that a court summons will be issued.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:36 AM
Hi, I have just received a notice of intended prosecution for driving 41 in a 30 zone, and I wondered if you could indicate what punishments there tend to be? I've been driving 10+ years and never had any offence. Many thanks, Jayne
Jayne - 26-Feb-17 @ 3:07 PM
Carter - Your Question:
I was caught by speed gun doing 67 in a 50 mph zone. No real excuse other than others around me doing the same speed. I didn't even realise I was going that speed until I got the letter. What's the likely punishment?

Our Response:
The upper limit for a speed awareness course in a 50mph zone is 64mph, so it's more likely you will receive a £100 fine and 3 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Feb-17 @ 2:11 PM
I was caught by speed gun doing 67 in a 50 mph zone. No real excuse other than others around me doing the same speed. I didn't even realise I was going that speed until I got the letter. What's the likely punishment?
Carter - 18-Feb-17 @ 11:11 AM
Hi I recently got caught speeding 97.95MPH on the motorway late at night by a police car.. the officers told me I may have to go to caught but not to worry as I will get 3 points and I'll have to be careful going forward as I've only had my licence a year and 3 months therefore if I get caught again my licence will be gone! However since I've been reading online because of the seeverity of my speed I'm likely to get 6 points from court which would mean my licence will be gone.. and I will lose my job I'm so worried and wondered if what I'm reading is correct or what the officers said to me when they gave me my NIP was correct. I appreciate the help, and am aware it was a very very stupid thing to do.
LuLu - 10-Feb-17 @ 12:24 PM
Got a notice of intended prosecution, I was doing 27 in a 20 mph, (no excuse really) just not paying attention. Would like to know if I stand a chance of being offered the course. As I read I find that most people have been caught at a higher speed some have been offered the course others the fine. CAN ANYONE help put my mind at ease, pulling hair out as I need the motor to travel to work, and cannot afford to havepoints and the rest as the government will not up my wages but are quick enough to want what little money we earn. Eeerrrr.
Stupid - 30-Jan-17 @ 4:30 PM
do i have to mot my car if i never drive it
fred - 23-Jan-17 @ 7:52 PM
Hi, a few months ago I was caught jumping a red light by accident as I was stuck in a zebra crosssing in traffic, could not see the traffic so decided to proceed to the roundabout anyway. Few weeks I took the 3 points and £100 fine. Very recently I was caught doing 36 in a 30, they've not told me to hand in my license or pay a fine just fill in mydetails and submit the form within 28 days. If I get 3 more points (as I've passed my test within the first 2 years) I'm back to L plates and my Job requires me to do multiple trips in my car. Would I be offered a speed awareness course as this is my first speeding offence for doing a 36 in a 30 or would they give me the 3 points which means I'm back to square 1?
Chris - 17-Jan-17 @ 8:26 PM
Mammamia - Your Question:
I recently passed my test and I think I've been done by a speed camera. I was doing 33-34 in a 30. What is the likely hood of me getting a ticket??

Our Response:
Many police forces take no action for speeds under 35 mph in a 30 mph zone. If they do it's likely to be a speed awareness course or £100 fine plus 3 penalty points
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Jan-17 @ 2:36 PM
I recently passed my test and I think I've been done by a speed camera. I was doing 33-34 in a 30. What is the likely hood of me getting a ticket??
Mammamia - 15-Jan-17 @ 6:48 PM
I have been caught by a camera van doing 87 in a 70. I am worried because this will put me on 9 points and my livelihood depends on me being able to drive. My other offences were sp50 and sp70. I would like to ask for the speed awarness course as I really feel I would benefit from it.Can I ask for this if I provide mitigating evidence?
Ps209 - 14-Jan-17 @ 1:16 AM
Hi just had conditional offer of a fixed penalty and 3 points- got caught doing 59 mph in a 40mph zone on motorway- driving 31 years first offence, would I get offer of a course or would it have been in the offer?
Shanxy - 12-Jan-17 @ 4:01 PM
Hello. I just jump the red light last week. I dont know what happend to me, it was red and the car in front of me was going through red light, i didnt even stop at the light and was following the car. There is a camera sign at that road.i dont know wether thats a red light camera or what. Can i be offerd a course or penalty? I am very much worried about the points.
Missy - 11-Jan-17 @ 10:50 AM
Hi. I have just been flashed going through a red light and managed to stop just over the line. Will I be entitled to do an awareness course?
Tommo - 7-Jan-17 @ 4:53 PM
Done a speed awernes course in 2015it will be 2 years in March when I passed my test just had speed fine through post could I lost my licence
jooo - 6-Jan-17 @ 5:03 PM
Tommy - Your Question:
Hi ive just been caught on a 30 doing 38 this is my second time got caught in september and now. Im 21 and had my licence 2 year would I get the course??

Our Response:
If you've had your licence for less than two years and are not offered the course, your licence will be revoked anyway. If you've held a licence for more than two years, you may be offered a course if you didn't sit one on the previous occasion - but it's up to the police to decide.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Jan-17 @ 12:57 PM
Hi ive just been caught on a 30 doing 38 this is my second time got caught in september and now. Im 21 and had my licence 2 year would i get the course??
Tommy - 5-Jan-17 @ 3:56 PM
Hi I have recently been caught driving 10mph over the speed limit on the motorway when I only done a speed awareness course 3 weeks before and had a cd10 and ms90 in march 2015 on the same charge with 9 points given 3 for cd10 and 6 for ms90. Is there any possible way of being given a fine as was only doing 80 in a 70? Thanks
Amanda - 3-Jan-17 @ 10:43 PM
Hello . I was pulled over by The Met for using my mobile near Marble Arch, Central London. Guilty. The offense was on 18/11/16 and I have just received a letter from them dated22/12/16 which is not a NIP but an offer of a educational course as an alternative to penalty points or prosecution. Have they not been timed out though due to month+ delay ? Be grateful for any advice or thoughts
Hertsfarmer - 30-Dec-16 @ 7:41 PM
Gavs - Your Question:
I have just had my letter Thro for speeding on a 40 and was doing 55 would I be aloud to do the speed awareness course as this is my 1st speeding offence thanks

Our Response:
The upper guideline limit for a speed awareness course in a 55mph zone is 53mph so it's reasonably unlikely that you will be offered one. They are however, offered at the discretion of the police, so you might just be fortunate. Court summons are not usually issued for speeds below 66mph so the most likely penalty will be 3 points plus £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Dec-16 @ 12:56 PM
Hi, got flashed got flashed by a fixed camera going 56 on a 40 mph road, it is my first offense, I've had my license 2 yrs and 11 months, do you know if they would even consider offering me a driver a weakness course instead of getting points ?
Jamie - 17-Dec-16 @ 11:13 PM
I have just had my letter Thro for speeding on a 40 and was doing 55 would I be aloud to do the speed awareness course as this is my 1st speeding offence thanks
Gavs - 17-Dec-16 @ 3:43 PM
Hi was court by a fixed camera doing 57 in a 40 my driving liscience is clean. Ive been driving 3 years this is a first time offence what punishment will i get.
Kez - 9-Dec-16 @ 11:18 AM
Jnet57uk - Your Question:
Hi Ive just checked the speed camera database and I have been registered speeding 37 in a 30 zone however I was caught on the same road a month ago but as it was a first offence I was offered the speed awareness course which I am taking in a months time, as I havent yet taken the course will I now get the penalty points and fine as this idps now my second offence

Our Response:
Yes if you receive a penalty it will be £100 fine plus 3 points as you cannot take another speed awareness course within 3 years of a previous one.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Dec-16 @ 12:41 PM
Hi Ive just checked the speed camera database and I have been registered speeding 37 in a 30 zone however I was caught on the same road a month ago but as it was a first offence I was offered the speed awareness course which I am taking in a months time, as I havent yet taken the course will I now get the penalty points and fine as this idps now my second offence
Jnet57uk - 6-Dec-16 @ 4:52 PM
Hi I went through a red light not on purpose got pulled over by police, got a clean licence will I be offered to do an awareness course? Thanks X
Bettyboo - 20-Nov-16 @ 11:21 PM
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