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Speed Awareness Course

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 7 Nov 2018 | 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 £80 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 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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I have a conditional offer of a £100 fine but no mention on letter of 3 points. when I pay will I just get points or am I just a little bit lucky? totally confused and trying to do my car insurance
jimbo1 - 7-Nov-18 @ 12:03 PM
I went on a Motorway Awareness Course within the last year , does this prevent me attending a National Speed Awareness Course-doing 40mph in a 30mph
Bruno - 2-Nov-18 @ 7:40 PM
If I have attended an urban speed awareness course and have been offered a motorway offence course, could I attend that speed awareness course in less than the three year time frame as its a different area of offence, so can offer a different course?
Knee - 19-Oct-18 @ 11:29 AM
if i cannot afford the speed awareness fine all in one go what can i do? (single working parent on low income)
cat - 18-Oct-18 @ 7:06 AM
I would like to book a course for my penalty but I make a mistake and paid penalty how can I change it??
Javid - 9-Oct-18 @ 4:10 PM
I mistakenly paid for penalty points instead of Educational course. Is there anyway this can be corrected? I wouldn’t mind forfeiting the payment, I just do not want any points on my licence
TL - 8-Oct-18 @ 4:42 PM
Do you have to go to the County where the tickets issued for speed awareness test
Aabs - 29-Sep-18 @ 11:12 AM
Want do you do if you have missed placed your letter giving you the choices if you get fined and points or do a speed awareness course
Danny - 28-Sep-18 @ 8:30 PM
I accidentally paid the £100 fixed penalty rather then going for the workshop.. I did it out of pure panick..is there anyway I can opt into the workshop even though I paid the £100 fixed fine :(
Mb - 26-Sep-18 @ 7:27 PM
I attended a normal speed awareness course and it’s been around two years now I was caught on the motorway doing 52 when it was supposed to be 40mph could i apply for the motorway awareness course or is it 1 course in every three years
Billy - 23-Sep-18 @ 3:37 PM
i was in a 30mph and pretty sure i got caught speeding at around 45-47 or less, not too sure, im still in my first two years but ive never been caught before and my licence is clean, whats my most likely outcome? im really worried
newdriver13 - 15-Sep-18 @ 11:52 AM
hi I cannot remember when my last course was- how can I find out ?who hold s the records?
cel - 12-Sep-18 @ 12:44 AM
Hi, I already have 3 points (about a year ago) in my licence but never done speeding awareness course in life. Today i was doing 49-50 in 40mph road and got flashed. Havent received any ticket yet but im scared if i do, Will i be eligible for speeding awareness course this time at this situation?
Parth - 1-Sep-18 @ 6:28 PM
Elsie - Your Question:
Hi,I need to book my course but for the life of me cannot find my letter. How do I book it without?

Our Response:
Contact the police and ask them for details of the course provider.
NoPenaltyPoints - 10-Aug-18 @ 2:04 PM
Hi, I need to book my course but for the life of me cannot find my letter. How do I book it without?
Elsie - 9-Aug-18 @ 11:04 AM
Hi I haven't booked the speed awareness yet but when I do How Soon Is the date to go
Toni - 26-Jul-18 @ 5:57 PM
Mac - Your Question:
Hi I attending an 30mph awareness course this year and have just been caught doing 48mph in a 40 zone ??would I be able to attend a 40mph awareness course, or is there no such thing?

Our Response:
No, while various courses might be tailored to those who've been caught speeding on a motorway or those caught in an urban area, you can only be offered one course in a three year period.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Jul-18 @ 2:57 PM
jon - Your Question:
Got offer national speed awareness course haven't booked it yet but got another speeding ticket will I get offered another course or fixed fine

Our Response:
You won't be offered another course for the second offence; a fixed penalty will be the most likely offer.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Jul-18 @ 10:52 AM
Hi I attending an 30mph awareness course this year and have just been caught doing 48mph in a 40 zone ??would I be able to attend a 40mph awareness course, or is there no such thing?
Mac - 23-Jul-18 @ 10:38 PM
got offer national speed awareness course haven't booked it yet but got another speeding ticket will i get offered another course or fixed fine
jon - 23-Jul-18 @ 11:22 AM
I have just received a speeding notification , I currently have 11 penalty points on my licence, I attended a speed awareness course very close onto 3 years ago , would I be offered the course instead of a visit to court if I was just maybe 2 weeks off 3 years ago or is this at the police's decision, instead of possibly receiving a 6 month ban for totting of penalty points .
Kn0ck0ff - 17-Jul-18 @ 8:26 PM
If you been on speed awareness course and get caught again do they add the first 3 points on aswel
Dt - 12-Jul-18 @ 6:26 PM
Where do I stand with this speeding ticket.I sent back paperwork saying it was me and not my husband and after various forms backwards and forwards, finally got the necessary paperwork while I was away in March for 3 weeks and missed the deadline.The offence occurred last September and we are now in July the following year. The payment was returned because I forgot to enclose my driving licence.I received information about how I could appeal with various forms asking me to reply online with my income etc.The reference they gave me was ineligible.I could not reply in that way.I therefore waited for the date of Magistrates Court which was not with the paperwork.I never received it and therefore could not attend or take other advice as I did not get informed of the date. I have today received a notice of fine and points etc from the Kent Magistrates Court which has clearly gone ahead without me knowing the date. What can I do about this.
Numberone1 - 11-Jul-18 @ 11:15 AM
Hi, driving my husbands car which I am a named driver on and did 57 in a 50, he received the letter which I have completed and returned giving my details.Will her receive any further communication from the police as don't want to tell him as he will be cross !
fred - 6-Jul-18 @ 12:52 PM
A - Your Question:
Hi I had a ms60 in 2015 and was disqualified for a year. I have just received a letter where I was doing 48 in a 40 zone. Do you think I'll be offered a speed awareess course? Thanks

Our Response:
We really don't know how the police will consider the MS60 offence together with the speeding unfortunately. Ordinarily a speed of 48 in a 40 wouldqualify for a course but they are only offered at the discretion of the police.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Jul-18 @ 2:28 PM
Frank - Your Question:
I attended a 30mph speed awareness course 2 years ago. Would I be eligible to go on the motorway awareness course? I understand they are different courses but wasn’t sure if the 3 year time frame would interfere. Many thanks

Our Response:
No, the motorway awareness courses are offered in cases of speeding on motorways...so are still classed as speed awareness courses. The 3 year time frame still applies therefore.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Jul-18 @ 12:37 PM
Lucky - Your Question:
Hi. I haven’t been caught speeding but my Mother in Law has and been offered an awareness course. I was wondering if there was any element of pass or fail or if you just turn up,be polite and then that’s it. Thanks

Our Response:
There is no test but there are sometimes some group participation tasks. There is nothing too onerous, it's supposed to be information and educational to prevent you from speeding again in the future.
NoPenaltyPoints - 4-Jul-18 @ 1:00 PM
Hi. I haven’t been caught speeding but my Mother in Law has and been offered an awareness course. I was wondering if there was any element of pass or fail or if you just turn up,be polite and then that’s it. Thanks
Lucky - 3-Jul-18 @ 2:24 PM
Hi I had a ms60 in 2015 and was disqualified for a year. I have just received a letter where i was doing 48 in a 40 zone. Do you think I'll be offered a speed awareess course? Thanks
A - 2-Jul-18 @ 12:53 PM
I attended a 30mph speed awareness course 2 years ago. Would I be eligible to go on the motorway awareness course? I understand they are different courses but wasn’t sure if the 3 year time frame would interfere. Many thanks
Frank - 2-Jul-18 @ 9:19 AM
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