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Can I Attend a Course Instead of Gaining Penalty Points?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 7 Feb 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Speeding Speed Awareness Course Driving

Q.

I have recently received I speeding ticket for travelling at 37mph in a 30mph zone. I would like to know if I can pay to go on a speed awareness course rather than receive the points on my license. I live in Sunderland. I have been driving since 1989 and this is my first offence. I'd appreciate it if you could give me some advice.

(Mrs Price, 22 September 2008)

A.

Speed Awareness courses and workshops have been running in the Sunderland area since around 2005, and since then, 95% of people who have been offered a place on the three hour interactive course have taken up the option, rather than getting points on their licence and paying a fixed penalty fine.

What is covered on the courses?

With the emphasis on re-education rather than punishment, the courses have a double purpose - they give each attending driver an assessment of their driving ability and they also teach drivers about the dangers of driving over the speed limit - even by just a few miles per hour. Motorists can find out how much the survival rates increase and decrease for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users as driving speed moves between 30-40mph. Discussion of driving skills, behaviour and attitude assessment are all elements of the speed awareness course which go towards making up a better overall understanding between the driver and their relationship with the road and with other road users.

Can I put myself forward for a Speed Awareness Course?

Unfortunately, you won't usually have the option to apply for a Speed Awareness Course - if you are eligible to take part, then the course will be offered to you for a fee of around £85 as an alternative to the usual punishment of a £100 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence. The eligibility criteria will centre around how fast you were going (the course is considered to be most effective for those who were recorded travelling at marginally over the acceptable speed limit), and how many times you have been found guilty of similar offences. As you were doing 37mph in a 30mph area and it is your first offence, this would usually make you a good candidate for the course and it is likely that you will be offered a place. If you aren't offered a place on a course and you think you should have been, there's no harm in calling the number on the ticket to see if it is an option - but the courses fill up quickly, so you may be out of luck.

How many courses can you do instead of getting points?

In most cases, motorists are only allowed to take one speed awareness course every three year period, so if you are offered the option and take it, then are stopped again a few months later for the same offence – you will get points and a fine.

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I got caught in 2016 for speeding and paid the fine and wasnt offered a drivers awareness. I passed in 2016. I recently borrowed my partners car and got caught again doing a 35mph in a 30mph zone. She is passing it on to me as car was in her name and she got the ticket. She was offered the choice for awareness but now its being passed on to me im worried now that im losing my license and wont have the offer which means im gonna have to do my test all over again i suppose
Beanie31 - 7-Feb-18 @ 2:23 AM
Maggie91 - Your Question:
Hello,I’ve passed my driving test in 2016 and was caught speeding 35 on a 30 zone. I was offered the Speeding Awareness Course so I attended. I was told the 3 points will not be issued and I checked my details on direct gov and it states 0 points. However, I have a query, I heard hat the new law has changed and you are not allowed to go faster then 30 or whatever. I was driving in the same spot as last time but I was only going I believe no more than 30/31mph because I was going through traffic lights. And the same old lady was standing there with her speeding tripod! I’m worried now In case I got caught for speeding coz of the new law of 1mph. If I did get caught will I have my licenses revoked because I committed the same offence twice? Or will I be eligible for just 3 points and a fine considering the other points where never granted coz I attended the course? I honestly would hate to have my licensed revoked because since attending the speeding awarnesa course I have stayed way within the law limits of 10% but I read up today about the no tolerance policy and I’m very worried! Please help

Our Response:
The 1mph suggestion is just that at the moment... a proposal. It's unlikely you would have any acion taken against you for 31mph.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Feb-18 @ 10:42 AM
Hello, I’ve passed my driving test in 2016 and was caught speeding 35 on a 30 zone. I was offered the Speeding Awareness Course so I attended. I was told the 3 points will not be issued and I checked my details on direct gov and it states 0 points. However, I have a query, I heard hat the new law has changed and you are not allowed to go faster then 30 or whatever. I was driving in the same spot as last time but I was only going I believe no more than 30/31mph because I was going through traffic lights. And the same old lady was standing there with her speeding tripod! I’m worried now In case I got caught for speeding coz of the new law of 1mph. If I did get caught will I have my licenses revoked because I committed the same offence twice? Or will I be eligible for just 3 points and a fine considering the other points where never granted coz I attended the course? I honestly would hate to have my licensed revoked because since attending the speeding awarnesa course I have stayed waywithin the law limits of 10% but I read up today about the no tolerance policy and I’m very worried! Please help
Maggie91 - 4-Feb-18 @ 4:20 PM
Abb - Your Question:
Hi just done advice please I was flashed by a mobile camera doing 34 on a 30 inNovember and was offered to take a speed course which I have. Yesterday I was on a road I'm not familiar on 1st time driving and think a mobile camera may have got me doing 32 on 30 road however I'm not sure of the speed limit on this road. 100 yards up the road the road turned Into a 60mph limit. Just a little worried. Could you advise what may happen if the camera dis cat h me

Our Response:
It's unlikely further action will be taken at 32 mph in a 30mph so don't start worrying about this for a couple of weeks (14 days is the time in which an NIP should be served).
NoPenaltyPoints - 26-Jan-18 @ 2:48 PM
Hi just done advice please I was flashed by a mobile camera doing 34 on a 30 in November and was offered to take a speed course which I have. Yesterday I was on a road I'm not familiar on 1st time drivingand think a mobile camera may have got me doing 32 on 30 road however I'm not sure of the speed limit on this road. 100 yards up the road the road turned Into a 60mph limit. Just a little worried. Could you advise what may happen if the camera dis cat h me
Abb - 24-Jan-18 @ 4:59 PM
My Partner got a speeding ticket through the post he was doing 49 in a 30.He has just applied for a taxi license will this affect him doing this? How many points do you think he will get?He would also like to do HGV work?
Lexi - 18-Jan-18 @ 3:00 PM
Sean - Your Question:
Can I be issued more than 1 NIP from the same area for next day or day after ? I am getting worried somewhat after receiving an NIP for speeding on motorway variable sign.

Our Response:
If you were speeding more than once on the same day, then yes you could receive several NIPs.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Oct-17 @ 3:02 PM
Sean - Your Question:
Hi,I recently received a NIP for speeding on motorway. There seems to have been a variable speed limit and I don't think I saw it. They say it was 40 and I drove at 53. I did not attend a course before and never received points. What should I do ? can I challenge it ?

Our Response:
If you are sure there were no signs, you could try contesting it but you would need to have evidence...a motoring lawyer may be able to help. If you do not contest it, the likely penalty would possibly be a speed awareness course or 3 penalty points plus £100 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Oct-17 @ 3:02 PM
Can I be issued more than 1 NIP from the same area for next day or day after ? I am getting worried somewhat after receiving an NIP for speeding on motorway variable sign.
Sean - 22-Oct-17 @ 2:11 PM
Hi, I recently received a NIP for speeding on motorway. There seems to have been a variable speed limit and I don't think I saw it. They say it was 40 and I drove at 53. I did not attend a course before and never received points. What should I do ? can I challenge it ?
Sean - 22-Oct-17 @ 2:07 PM
Maz - Your Question:
Hi. I had 3 points a year ago and was given the option to take course. I didn't and took the 3 points. Now I have another 3 points. Can I take the course as the speed was 59 on a 50 speed road. Or is that op5ion going to be after 3 years from last 3 points. Please bear in mind that I didn't take the course last time.

Our Response:
You could still be offered the chance to sit a course. As you didn't actually take up the offer of a place on the previous occasion, this will not count under the 3 year rule.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Aug-17 @ 11:31 AM
Hi. I had 3 points a year ago and was given the option to take course. I didn't and took the 3 points. Now I have another 3 points. Can i take the course as the speed was 59 on a 50 speed road. Or is that op5ion going to be after 3 years from last 3 points. Please bear in mind that I didn't take the course last time.
Maz - 14-Aug-17 @ 12:15 PM
Lil - Your Question:
HiJust got flashed @ 50 in a 40 on the motorway last month. The intention to prosecute Info. laid out the criteria for the offer of a speed education course and I met all the conditions perfectly, however when the actual notice came through it wasn't an option, only court or conditional offer of points/ and fine. Very confused why I have not been offered the course.

Our Response:
It's entirely up to the police whether to offer the course or not. We don't really know what influences their decisions unfortunately and all NIPs sent out, simply state the three possible alternatives.
NoPenaltyPoints - 30-Jun-17 @ 2:27 PM
Hi Just got flashed @ 50 in a 40 on the motorway last month. The intention to prosecute Info. laid out the criteria for the offer of a speed education course and I met all the conditions perfectly, however when the actual notice came through it wasn't an option, only court or conditional offer of points/ and fine. Very confused why I have not been offered the course.
Lil - 16-Jun-17 @ 10:05 AM
Hi Last month I was caught by the radar a 91mph in motorway can I make the course or not?
Calho - 13-Apr-17 @ 12:28 PM
Its funny how people that speed all the time getaway and your doing 34 mph at a 30mph and common sense if ur a speedy person ull sure go over that but no you broken the rules so deal with it and on motorway 50 speed camera's and you have trucks flashing at you to speed up where is the law there
Jazz - 23-Feb-17 @ 11:18 PM
Hi i received a speeding ticket today (letter dated 9 feb 2017) but it was on a unmanned camera on the 16th nov 2016. Why would it take nearly 3 months for me to recieve it...? And i thought the road was 40mph but was 30mph and got flashed at 41mph. Iv never had a speeding ticket or anything before would i be offered a course to go on when i fill out the form or will they just give me the 3 points and fine..? Would it be worth contacting them..?
James - 14-Feb-17 @ 6:52 PM
Hi there I have been issued a speeding ticket through the post stating £100 fine and three points or the chance to go on a speed awareness course which is £79 . If I go on course will I just pay for course or will I have to pay the £100 as well I am confused thanks in advance Angie x
Ang - 9-Feb-17 @ 7:08 PM
I have done a course for running a red light this year, and now I have jusst been caught doing 37mph in a 30mph area, would I bee able to do a speed awearness course.
Shaney - 1-Feb-17 @ 5:41 PM
I have 9 points on my licence which happened in the last 12 months. I have never completed a speed awareness course. Will I still be offered it? It said on my letter I'd be offered one but as I have points will it be ignored? I was caught doing 59 in a 50.
Amy - 25-Jan-17 @ 9:35 PM
Marek - Your Question:
HelloUnfortunately I was booked for minor speeding twice in two weeks time by Nottingham Police. After first letter I booked speed awareness course ASAP and attended. Next day I have received a second letter with mentioned speeding ticket. After I send it back I was qualified for speed awarness course again and received reference number to book training. Could you advise me what should I do? Because I've got second speed ticket before physically attending speed awarness course can it be that attending training once is enough and police won't chase me later for not booking mentioned training? I would like to mention that I cannot book training again because I am getting message that course was completed and cannot proceed.Regards

Our Response:
No you'll just have to contact the police and inform them that you have already attendedbooked a speed awareness course for a previous offence. They will probably issue you with a fine/3 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 18-Jan-17 @ 12:00 PM
Hello Unfortunately I was booked for minor speeding twice in two weeks time by Nottingham Police. After first letter I booked speed awareness course ASAP and attended. Next day I have received a second letter with mentioned speeding ticket. After I send it back I was qualified for speed awarness course again and received reference number to book training. Could you advise me what should I do? Because I've got second speed ticket before physically attending speed awarness course can it be that attending training once is enough and police won't chase me later for not booking mentioned training? I would like to mentionthat I cannot book training again because I am getting message that course was completed and cannot proceed. Regards
Marek - 17-Jan-17 @ 8:04 AM
PammyC - Your Question:
I was caught doing 34mph in a 30mph area. I got the option and have sat a speed awareness course. A the course they mentioned that it is unlikely to be procescuted for doing under 35mpg in a 30mph area due to the 10% a 2 rule to allow for the car speedos reading fast. I was under the impression there was no such 10% allowance now?? Can you clarify the rules before I appeal to the Police force who issued the fine.

Our Response:
In general this is the approach most police authorities take, but some are stricter than others. We'd say you were probably unfortunate here and it might be worth at least questioning it with the issuing police force in order to establish what their own policy is.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Jan-17 @ 10:37 AM
I was caught doing 34mph in a 30mph area.I got the option and have sat a speed awareness course.A the course they mentioned that it is unlikely to be procescuted for doing under 35mpg in a 30mph area due to the 10% a 2 rule to allow for the car speedos reading fast.I was under the impression there was no such 10% allowance now??Can you clarify the rules before I appeal to the Police force who issued the fine.
PammyC - 10-Jan-17 @ 10:17 AM
I took a speed course 2 years ago.. just got pulled for having my phone can I take the mobile phone course too?? I wasn't even on my phone either and wrongly accused can I do anything about that??
Sutty - 31-Dec-16 @ 5:05 PM
Hiya i got caught speeding in october i couldnt afford to pay this in the 28day period but have it now can i still do this course as its still in the 120day period without getting fine and penalty points?
Jodie - 28-Dec-16 @ 7:23 PM
My son was caught on a speed camera doing 36 in a 30.He is booked on a speed awareness course in feb.Just got caught again doing sinilar speed.He knows he will have to take 3 points for the 2nd offence..but will he still be allowed to attend the course for his first offence as it is booked and paid for.Thanks.
Mumof3 - 16-Dec-16 @ 8:40 PM
Hi, I have just received a NIP for doing 60 on a motorway with a temporary speed limit of 50. Firstly will I be offered a speed awareness based on this? Secondly I las did a course 4 years ago and last year I received 3 points for speeding again on a motorway. Will I still be offered a course given that the last course I did was over the time limit or will my points last year not allow me to do one? Thanks
Cez - 16-Dec-16 @ 1:39 PM
Blunny - Your Question:
I've tried to book a course but it's on a date after the 4 month period is this ok

Our Response:
The easiest thing to do would be to contact the police authority which issued the penalty and find out whether this is acceptable or whether you need to look for a course in another area.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Dec-16 @ 12:11 PM
Hello, I have to say I was fined £2000 for throwing my mc donalds meal out the window. Best regards, Amanneennemmen Armagedon
Mrs. Armagedon - 2-Dec-16 @ 2:30 PM
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