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Conditional Offers and Alternatives to Points

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 25 Jun 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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Help - Your Question:
Hello. I am 22 years old and have been driving almost 4 years. I have never had any driving convictions or attended a course. I was caught doing 45mph in a 30 mph zone. Stupid I know, I never speed so this is typical I was caught running late for work. Do you think there is a chance I may get offered a speed awareness course? I know it's slightly over what they count as eligibility. I am worried sick, mortified and disgusted with myself. Thanks x

Our Response:
It's fairly unlikely that you'll be offered a course since as you say, you were travelling above the recommended upper limiti for a course. It's more likely that you will be given 3 penalty points and £100 fine instead.
NoPenaltyPoints - 26-Jun-17 @ 2:39 PM
Got caught doing 45 in a 30 first time had my license for over 10 years. Any chance of them giving me the benefit of the doubt
Kamykhan - 25-Jun-17 @ 2:59 AM
Hello. I am 22 years old and have been driving almost 4 years. I have never had any driving convictions or attended a course. I was caught doing 45mph in a 30 mph zone. Stupid I know, I never speed so this is typical I was caught running late for work. Do you think there is a chance I may get offered a speed awareness course? I know it's slightly over what they count as eligibility. I am worried sick, mortified and disgusted with myself. Thanks x
Help - 23-Jun-17 @ 10:19 PM
Confused - Your Question:
I was notified that I was caught doing 70 mph on the M25 (variable speed limit 60mph) and whilst I can't contest that why was I not offered a driver education course as I met all the criteria for one?

Our Response:
Not everyone is offered the course. They are offered at the discretion of the police, we don't know why sometimes they're offered and other times they're not...sorry.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Jun-17 @ 12:50 PM
I was notified that I was caught doing 70 mph on the M25 (variable speed limit 60mph) and whilst I can't contest that why was I not offered a driver education course as I met all the criteria for one?
Confused - 11-Jun-17 @ 2:25 PM
Hi, I have had my ticket through. However I don't own the car can I still do the speed awareness course? I was doing 37mph in a 30 zone. What kind of fine am I looking at? Do you just get the cost of the course or the course and the fine? It's all so confusing Thanks
Laurie - 9-Jun-17 @ 6:20 PM
I'm still within my first 2 years, I already have 3 points for a speeding offence, I now have a NIP for a red light offence so further 3 points and £100 , do you think A ban is imminent or chance of a course for the ref light ???
Mac - 7-Jun-17 @ 10:31 PM
I have received NIP for speeding. I was doing 58 in a 40mph dual carriageway (was under the impression I was in a 60 zone). I am still within 2 years of passing my driving and have had no previous charges, what can i be expecting?
shaun - 6-Jun-17 @ 4:28 PM
Had the dreaded letter in the post today.. 41mph in a 30zone.. It's my first offence, it was actually on the 24th of march before the fine increase.. what will I be looking at??
Murphy - 31-May-17 @ 4:46 PM
Bill - Your Question:
Good afternoon.I was caught doing 62 in 40mph zone I've had my licence one year and hope not to get disqualified what do you think the outcome of this will be

Our Response:
It's unlikely you will be offered a fixed penalty for this and you're definitely above the upper limit to be offered a speed awareness course. You may receive a court summons but we can't say whatpenalty a judge would issue.
NoPenaltyPoints - 26-May-17 @ 2:21 PM
Im an idiot for speeding. There's no excuses. I was pulled over for doing 45 in a 30 zone as I came through the signs. I was given a reciept type ticket. I have been driving for 8/9 years, clean license. Am I likely to have to go to court or just get a severe fine and points? Am worried sick! Do NOT want to go to court! Thanks for your reply.
Stupidity - 25-May-17 @ 11:41 AM
I got a letter come through for doing 54 in a 40 what am i most likely going to get. Will i be able to attend a awareness course
Yjoe - 24-May-17 @ 10:29 PM
Good afternoon. I was caught doing 62 in 40mph zone I've had my licence one year and hope not to get disqualified what do you think the outcome of this will be
Bill - 24-May-17 @ 3:37 PM
Ellie - Your Question:
Hello. I have just received a letter stating that I'm the 29/04/17 I was doing 82mph in a 60 zone. Does this mean I will not be eligible for a driver retraining course ?

Our Response:
The upper limit for the offer of a speed awareness course in a 60mph zone is 75mph according to police guidelines. It is unlikely therefore that you would be offered a course. You may receive a court summons, the usually start point is 86mph though so thre's a chance you might receive a fixed penalty.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-May-17 @ 2:02 PM
Hello. I have just received a letter stating that I'm the 29/04/17 I was doing 82mph in a 60 zone . Does this mean I will not be eligible for a driver retraining course ?
Ellie - 24-May-17 @ 7:58 AM
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
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