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Conditional Offers and Alternatives to Points

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 13 May 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 35-42 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 was doing 54mph on a 50 zone this morning and was seen by a mobile police camera van should I be expecting a letter because of these new laws?
Has - 13-May-17 @ 9:39 AM
I just received a letter to say I was caught by a manned camera doing 44 in a 30. Says could be 3 points and 100 fine. Sent off but what should I expect?
Wazza - 12-May-17 @ 4:43 PM
mattlufc - Your Question:
HiI've been caught doing 39 in a 30 by a manually operated speed camera held by an officer. It was in work's minibus. What is the likely consequence please?

Our Response:
The police officer may have given you an indication at the time. If not, 39 in a 30 would usually result in the offer of a speed awareness course or 3 penalty points plus a £100 fine
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-May-17 @ 11:04 AM
If I've done a speed awareness course in the last 2 years, could I be offered a red light awareness course to complete instead of obtaining penalty points?
AA - 11-May-17 @ 5:39 PM
Hi I've been caught doing 39 in a 30 by a manually operated speed camera held by an officer. It was in work's minibus. What is the likely consequence please?
mattlufc - 10-May-17 @ 5:19 PM
Ade - Your Question:
I recieved a NIP for doing 41mph on a 30mph and my license is less than 2 years, I am afraid the new law might make me loss my license.do I still stand a chance for the drivers awareness course as its my first driving offence.

Our Response:
Under the new system, the penalty could be four to six points plus a fine of between 25 and 75% of your weekly income, or the offer of a speed awareness course (at the discretion of the police). If your speed exceeds 50mph you can usually expect a court summons and a fine of 75 to 123% of weekly income. If you are given 6 or more points, your licence will be revoked under the new drivers act.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-May-17 @ 11:16 AM
I recieved a NIP for doing 41mph on a 30mph and my license is less than 2 years, i am afraid the new law might make me loss my license....do i still stand a chance for the drivers awareness course as its my first driving offence.
Ade - 7-May-17 @ 4:07 PM
Tas- Your Question:
I was speeding 59 in a 40 zone what will I be fined penalties or drivers awareness course ?

Our Response:
This speed is above the upper guideline limit for a speed awareness court. It's more likely that you will be offered a £100 fine and 3 penalty points unless a court summons is issued.
NoPenaltyPoints - 26-Apr-17 @ 2:39 PM
I was speeding 59 in a 40 zone what will I be fined penalties or drivers awareness course ?
Tas - 25-Apr-17 @ 7:13 PM
Hi I havehad receive a latter from speed awareness team on 30th of march 2017and I have sent off on 16th of April 2017 by 1st class , I was wondering how long will they take to response me back Thank you Raja nawaz
Nawaz - 24-Apr-17 @ 6:57 PM
Bob-Ted- Your Question:
Hi there,I went through a red light the other day in my class 2 truck and worried what punishment I'll get if one comes through the post.

Our Response:
The usual penalty is 3 points plus a fine of £100 but sometimes a driver awareness course might be offered instead. See our guide here for more information
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Apr-17 @ 12:47 PM
Hi, I was on 43mph max 44mph when i saw speed camera van parked on the side on 40mph zone. Should i be expecting a ticket. Also how accurate these camera in vans are as i am sure the car in front of me was doing more than 45mph so i hope i don't get ticket because of him. Thanks
Shah - 20-Apr-17 @ 2:17 PM
Nawaz - Your Question:
Hi I was caught at motorway m1 doing63 on 50 mph I don't realise I was doing that speed it was roadworks going on and other around me doing the same speed I was driving behind a another car so I really didn't realise that it was 50mph until I got letter from them What's the punishment will be?

Our Response:
You may be lucky enough to be offered a speed awareness course...the upper guideline limit is 64mph. The alternative penalty would probably be 3 points plus £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Apr-17 @ 11:49 AM
I received a letter from MET - caught while using mobile phone even when the car was stationary in a que, I just checked the time on it for my appointment.Can I dispute?
Sara - 19-Apr-17 @ 10:20 AM
Hi there, I went through a red light the other day in my class 2 truck and worried what punishment I'll get if one comes through the post.
Bob-Ted - 18-Apr-17 @ 7:20 PM
Hi I was caught at motorway m1 doing63 on 50 mph I don't realise I was doing that speed it was roadworks going on and other around me doing the same speed I was driving behind a another car so I really didn't realise that it was 50mph until I got letter from them What's the punishment will be?
Nawaz - 17-Apr-17 @ 5:25 PM
I was caught doing 48 mph in a 40 mph road entering Harlow on the 414. I agree I am totally at fault and sent off the form to the police within the hour of receiving it. I know there is no excuses but it was after a very long drive and I am afraid I was in much need of the toilet. Sorry but that is the case. Please tell me what is likely to happen now. Thank you
Dave - 8-Apr-17 @ 2:34 PM
hi I have had a notice of intention to prosecute on 28th March 2017. I was driving 57mph in a 40 zone . what would this mean , a course to do with fine or points and if so how many points and fine ?I was coming from a very important training and was running late for my clinic due to the training running late I had to put my foot down which I purely regret .. pls advice me what is correct
silly - 2-Apr-17 @ 6:06 PM
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
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