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Speed Awareness Course

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 27 Sep 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
National Speed Awareness Scheme Speeding

The National Speed Awareness Scheme is an innovative scheme that has been put in place by police forces across the UK to allow motorists caught speeding to complete a workshop rather than be issued with three penalty points and a £60 fine.

Each force appoints a member of the ANDISP (Association of National Driver Improvement Course Providers) to oversee and deliver the courses in their particular area. ANDISP has been established to make sure that such courses have a quality standard and are consistent in their teachings. The format and content of courses may vary from area to area but all have to meet stringent requirements so that they achieve their objective of ensuring the driver understands the dangers of speeding and does not speed in the future.

Interactive Speed Awareness Course Checker

If you think you've been caught speeding recently and want to see whether a Speed Awareness Course might be offered to you as an alternative to penalty points, try our interactive Speed Awareness Course checker:

Who Can go on the Course?

The National Speed Awareness Scheme is offered to a number of offending motorists after they have been Caught Speeding. The decision over whether to offer the course to you, is at the discretion of each police force.

example of a letter offering a Speed Awareness Course
 

Usually the drivers eligible will be those who have exceeded the legal limit but not by a huge amount and each individual police force will decide what their margins are. Approximately two thirds of drivers regularly exceed the urban 30mph limit, a third of them travelling faster than 35mph. Where a pedestrian might sustain survivable injuries if hit by a car at 30mph or below, these are more likely to change to fatal injuries when a pedestrian is struck by a car at 35mph. People caught speeding in the high risk 20 mph zones are very unlikely to be offered a place on a speed awareness course.

If you are invited to attend such a course, you will be given a specific date, time and location and you will need to accept the offer, or decline and take the fine and the Points On Your Licence instead.

What if I Accept But I am Late or Can’t Make it on the Day Specified?

Please make sure that you leave in plenty of time and try to arrive early on the day of your course. If you are late, you will not be allowed to join the class and will forfeit your place. If you cannot attend due to illness, you will need to let the course organisers know at the first opportunity (there will be a contact number on your offer letter) and you will need to provide a doctor's note as evidence. Your case will be reviewed by the police before they come to a decision on whether you will be offered another place or if the offer will be withdrawn.

Do I Have to Pay?

Yes. The course fees are usually between £60 and £100 (depending on which course provider you use) which you pay to the course provider direct – a similar price to paying the fine, although of course, avoiding penalty points can keep your insurance premiums down and save you money in the long run.

What Does the Course Cover?

The idea behind the course is the belief that if a person's attitude and behaviour can be changed, then this is more likely to prevent them from re-offending than simply paying a fine and receiving points on their licence. The course objectives will cover things like:

  • Why the person was speeding
  • To help them understand the consequences of speeding - and that those consequences are the driver's sole responsibility
  • To help them to learn and identify different speed limits and the areas they are likely to apply
  • To ensure they can identify hazards, and how road speed should be altered to accommodate them

How Long Does it Last?

In most cases, the course will be between 4 and 5 hours long and will vary, though it will usually consist of a combination of the following:

  • Classroom based theory training
  • In-car practical training sessions with approved driving instructors (some areas do not include this practical element of the course)
  • Workshops

Do I Have to Take My Own Vehicle?

If your course involves the practical element (which not all the courses offered do), then a training vehicle will be used. It will be provided by the training centre, will be fully insured for course attendees' use and will be a standard, modern vehicle similar to those which most people will have already driven. If your car has been adapted for a special need, then you will need to contact the centre in advance to make necessary arrangements. If you're a motorcyclist, you will be expected to take your own motorbike along.

How Often Can I go on One of These Courses?

Once you have attended a Speed Awareness Course you are not allowed to do another for a minimum of 3 years. Remember also that if you choose to take the speed awareness course instead of penalty points, you must complete the course within four months of the offence.

If I Appeal Against my Offence and am Unsuccessful, Can I Still go on the Course?

No. If you decide that you want to Appeal Against The Offence you are free to do so, but as soon as you do, the offer to attend a course will be withdrawn.

Important Things to Remember:

  • You must take your driving licence with you (if you hold a photo card licence you must bring both the card and the paper part) or you will not be allowed to take your place on the course.
  • You are not going to have to take a driving test but you will be expected to take part in discussions between the group to pass the course.
  • There will be around 15-25 people on an average driver improvement course.

What if I Accept But I am Late or Can’t Make it on the Day Specified?

Please make sure that you leave in plenty of time and try to arrive early on the day of your course. If you are late, you will not be allowed to join the class and will forfeit your place. If you cannot attend due to illness, you will need to let the course organisers know at the first opportunity (there will be a contact number on your offer letter) and you will need to provide a doctor's note as evidence. Your case will be reviewed by the police before they come to a decision on whether you will be offered another place or if the offer will be withdrawn.

Your Time, Money and Behaviour

Any expenses you incur for time you have to take off work, travel to and from the centre, or to pay for child care, will be your own responsibility - there no allowances for reimbursing expenses or facilities for child care.

Bad behaviour during the course will not be tolerated, so if you're rude, disruptive or use bad language you'll be asked to leave - and you won't get your money back. You'll forfeit your right to the speed awareness course and your case will go to court.

More Information on Appealing

If you want to appeal against the decision, this will be done through a magistrate's court and you'll need to write to the police to let them know. Details of how to do this will normally be included in your letter from the police. We have lots more information on Challenging Your Speeding Ticket on this site too.

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Skihi - Your Question:
Had speed ticket in London last week, do they provide speed awareness courses in London?

Our Response:
There are speed awareness courses held in London. The police only offer speed awareness courses at their discretion, so we cannot say whether you will definitely be given this option.
NoPenaltyPoints - 28-Sep-16 @ 12:47 PM
Had speed ticket in London last week, do they provide speed awareness courses in London?
Skihi - 27-Sep-16 @ 1:07 AM
I was offered the speed awareness course which i filled the form out and sent back, i did not get and reply and went on the website recommended on my letter and filled out a form there. Where i was told it could take up to 10 days to get a response and i still havnt had anything through. What do i do next?
Nicola - 25-Sep-16 @ 11:40 PM
I filled the form of speeding 37 in 30mph zone, but found out later that I was not the driver on that day and got a proof. After 2 weeks I received NIP reminder that they did not receive my first note that I admitted the offence, and asked me to fill new one and send it in 7 days time. I want to change this one to the new driver name who was driving that day (he aknowledged it),would it be a problem to send the new one with another driver name?...and what if the first one received lately?PLease advise.
Sam000 - 25-Sep-16 @ 9:44 PM
Hi, My husband was caught doing 38 in a 30 by a mobile unit He admitted responsibility, and was waiting for the letter offering a course - which he was definitley going to take as opposed to the points. The letter never came, and he has now recieved a court summons. He has of course queried this. We were told that the letter had been sent and so as no response was recieved it defaults to a court date. He is furious - as does not wantthe points!! (he currently has a clean licence and always has had) He is planning on pleading guilty but attending the hearing to inform them that the letter was never recieved. Can you offer any advise at all? Is this common?! Thanks.
MrsH - 23-Sep-16 @ 9:50 AM
Ran - Your Question:
I have been on a course but have had a nip for another offence which predates the course what happens in this situation

Our Response:
You will not be offered a subsequent course for this offence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Sep-16 @ 12:28 PM
I have been on a course but have had a nip for another offence which predates the course what happens in this situation
Ran - 20-Sep-16 @ 3:06 PM
Oliver - Your Question:
I got a speeding ticket last year but didn't do the driving awareness course. If I were to be prosecuted a second time, would I be offered the course again?

Our Response:
A course is always a possibility depending upon whether your speed limit falls within the recommended range. They are offered at the discretion of the police though.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Sep-16 @ 11:02 AM
I got a speeding ticket last year but didn't do the driving awareness course. If I were to be prosecuted a second time, would I be offered the course again?
Oliver - 15-Sep-16 @ 1:13 AM
Buster68 - Your Question:
Hi , I have a company car and my head office was sent a NIP dated the 1st of September , they have stamped it recieved on the 5th September but the offence took place on the 10th of August which is over 14 days , Could this be rejected ? Also I had a speed awareness course in March 2013 which is over 3 years ago , I was detected doing 57mph in a 50mph zone , will this get me on another course ? Thank you for you time.

Our Response:
The 14 days is based on the date the NIP was dated rather than when it arrived. Even so, 1st September is more than 14 days after 10th August so your company could try rejecting it based on that. There's a possibility of a further couse after 3 years of your previous one.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Sep-16 @ 2:18 PM
I got caught speeding about 6months ago doing 67 in a 50mph zone. I wasn't offered the speed awareness course and had to take the points and fine. I think I have just been caught again on the same road doing 58. Would I be offered the speed awareness course this time or will have more points?
GG23 - 13-Sep-16 @ 7:14 PM
Hi , I have a company car and my head office was sent a NIP dated the 1st of September , they have stamped it recieved on the 5th September but the offence took place on the 10th of August which is over 14 days , Could this be rejected ? Also I had a speed awareness course in March 2013 which is over 3 years ago , I was detected doing 57mph in a 50mph zone , will this get me on another course ? Thank you for you time.
Buster68 - 12-Sep-16 @ 10:40 PM
Nic- Your Question:
Hi, I recently did a speed awareness course due to doing a 34 in a 30 zone which was a few months ago, the other day not realising my speed half asleep after a night shift at work and no sleep ( not an excuse I know) I got caught doing 40 in a 30 zone like I said I didn't realise, what will happen?

Our Response:
You will not be offered another speed awareness course at this stage. It's most likely you will receive a fine of £100 plus 3 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Sep-16 @ 12:29 PM
Hi, I recently got pulled over and offered a drivers awareness course, however it has been nearly 3 weeks and haven't received the letter, but have also lost my ticket how do I go about letting the relevant people know
Aj - 12-Sep-16 @ 11:14 AM
Hi, I recently did a speed awareness course due to doing a 34 in a 30 zone which was a few months ago, the other day not realising my speed half asleep after a night shift at work and no sleep ( not an excuse I know) I got caught doing 40 in a 30 zone like I said I didn't realise, what will happen?
Nic - 9-Sep-16 @ 8:54 PM
Chipma - Your Question:
Hello I got a letter saying I was doing 37 in a 30 I have just pasted my driving test two month ago whats the chance that I will get the corse as I dont want the points

Our Response:
You are within the guideline range for the offer of a course, but these are always given at the discretion of the police so we cannot say for sure what will happen.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Sep-16 @ 2:16 PM
Admitted to speeding -59 in a 50 fixed camera, how long will it take to be offered the speed awareness course after returning forms
Pcplod - 5-Sep-16 @ 11:45 PM
Hello i got a letter saying i was doing 37 in a 30 i have just pasted my driving test two month ago whats the chance that i will get the corse as i dont want the points
Chipma - 5-Sep-16 @ 11:22 AM
Hi, Got caught by camera doing 35 in 30 zone, I'm named driver on my fathers insurance and car still in his name so he received the NIP. I intended to admit to the offence but was sent form In Welshwithout an English option,(yes we're Welsh but not fluent speakers, shame shame) After contacting police and explaining the blunder, I receive offer of speed awareness course. This was received on the 2/08/16, the actual offence took place on the 14/05/16, since Iam now suffering severe financial hardship and am a single Mam to 4 young children (their dad left 3yrs ago, doesn't pay maintenance or have contact, divorce seems impossible as don't know where he is, sought legal advice 4times with no luck, he left me with debt totalling £10,000 which I'm left to pay thanks to matrimonial law, list of why I'm struggling financially is endless!) can I disbute the offence or get it quashed?? First offence, no previous convictions. Thanks Claire (And breath!)
Cjc1985 - 4-Sep-16 @ 10:07 PM
Just attended a speed awareness course so if I get caught again in next 3 years do I get 3 points or 6 points
Jonboy - 4-Sep-16 @ 12:47 PM
Hi, I've been caught doing 64mph on a 50mph zone, I think it might have been a average speed camera. Do you think I will be offered the course ? This is my first offence.
John - 2-Sep-16 @ 7:57 AM
I've had a letter saying I was doing 49 in a temporary 40 zone on the motorway will I be offered the speed awareness course or not I've never been done before
Wpk1983 - 31-Aug-16 @ 10:12 PM
Hi, I was doing 39 in a 30 and I got the letter stating I could take the course. This was what I wanted to do although I sent back a letter saying could I have an extension to pay the 100 as I am struggling for money at the moment and physically couldnt pay it. All I received back was a letter saying that I hadn't replied and the course was no longer available ad needed to take the points. Is there anything I could do about this to get the course offer back?
Steph - 26-Aug-16 @ 11:08 AM
Hello, Couple of months ago I was caught speeding so I was invited to attend a speed awareness course, done that no problem so no points on my license. But last week I was pulled for due care and awareness. I no that if you get caught for the same offence within 3yrs the next time your get the 3 points and no invitation for a course. Will this be the same for me even though I've been caught for 2 different offences ? So will I get invited to do a course for that particular offence ?
Matt - 24-Aug-16 @ 6:27 PM
dragon - Your Question:
I have just received a speeding ticket doing 37 in a 30 the problem was that it was in a different area to where I live can I take the course in the area that I live or do I have to travel to that area

Our Response:
Yes you can choose to do the course in your own area if you are offered the option of course.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Aug-16 @ 2:21 PM
Mandy - Your Question:
I got a speeding letter as I drove at 35 on a 30 road. I filled in the form to do the speeding course but paid a fee over the phone of £100. Now the police are saying because I paid £100 I cant do the course and have to have 3 points. This is unfair. I dont even want the £100 back. Iv never been done for speeding in my life and never been on a course. Do I have any rights?

Our Response:
No as you've agreed to accept the fine/points the case is closed.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Aug-16 @ 2:20 PM
I have just received a speeding ticket doing 37 in a 30 the problem was that it was in a different area to where I live can i take the course in the area that I live or do I have to travel to that area
dragon - 20-Aug-16 @ 3:45 PM
I got a speeding letter as i drove at 35 on a 30 road. I filled in the form to do the speeding course but paid a fee over the phone of £100. Now the police are saying because i paid £100 i cant do the course and have to have 3 points. This is unfair. I dont even want the £100 back. Iv never been done for speeding in my life and never been on a course. Do i have any rights?
Mandy - 20-Aug-16 @ 3:13 PM
I'd like to know why all the above people I've read about are all doing WELL over ten miles MORE than the speed limit, and then there are people who are caught doing 33 in a 30. Seems to be an awfully wide margin for those to make life or death situation far more likely than those whose pointer is hovering over the 30 line on Speedometer.
ok - 18-Aug-16 @ 3:31 PM
I had caught 44 on39 within 20 yead can I take the course? Could I please have number to contact?
Reeb - 17-Aug-16 @ 2:35 PM
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