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Can I Attend a Course Instead of Gaining Penalty Points?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 29 Nov 2019 | 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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Just recieved a notice that doing 35 in 30 zone filled in form but no mention of applying for sac.first offence ever i am 75 yrs old and want to know what i will get
Tel - 29-Nov-19 @ 8:51 PM
Hi received 2 NIP for the same day.. 1st NIP received on 22/11/19 i was driving 60 mph on a 50 mph limit southbound ,gave me the option of attending a drivers awareness course , which i filled in and sent back.. 2nd NIP received on 25/11/19 i was driving 69 mph on a 50 mph limit northbound this only gives me 2 options fixed penalty or attend court , now as I've already sent the letter to attend the course what do i donext..
barmipal - 28-Nov-19 @ 3:54 PM
I received a letter to say I was doing 76 in a 60mph zone, I think on the motorway. I had three options, A - Attend a course, B - 3 points and 100 fine or Appeal. I filled the form in and chose option A. I had an accident at work where a rather heavy object fell on my toe. As a result I have been on crutches since the incident and not been driving. I have been staying at my parents house as I cannot go up the stairs in my own house as I have no toilets downstairs. While I have been at my parents house, I had a letter to remind me that no response has been received and that I still have the opportunity to attend a course in bold black letters. I had no knowledge that my original response was not received and that a reminder had been sent. Unfortunately, my mail was collected from my house more than a month later by which I had received another letter to say that I now have to have 3 points on my licence and pay a fine of £100. I sent an email to the ticketing office explaining my situation but the response that I got back was that the speed I was doing was too high for a 60 zone and that I was not eligible to attend a course. If that was the case then why was I sent a letter, to which i replied and they failed to receive, to attend a course? The reminder that was sent also stated that I shouldn't miss the opportunity to attend a course rather than get 3 points and pay the fine. It quite clearly stated in the letter the speed I was doing and the speed limit. So if they already know I have exceeded the speed limit by quite a margin then why offer me the course on two occasions? I have a limit time to either get 3 points and pay fine or attend the court. Where do I stand? As!this is my first offence, what would happen if I was to attend court and explained my situation Will I be worse off?
Raj - 4-Jul-19 @ 11:31 PM
I received a speeding notice and it offered me 3 options. 1. Speed awareness course 2. 3 points and £100 fine 3. Appeal. I misunderstood the letter. I wanted to take the speed awareness course but couldn't find any details on the letter of how to apply for it.It did say there was a £100 fine which I paid and sent with my driving licence.It would now appear that I have accepted the points as they have returned the letter with my licence and cashed the cheque. I called them to explain my mistake and also mentioned that there was no letter attached to the original speeding notice explaining the process for accepting the course. I asked if I could sit the course and have the points removed but have been told I can't. Is this correct.I realise I made a mistake but as I was originally offered the course is there anything I can do to have it reinstated. Thanks Nikki
Nikki - 5-Apr-19 @ 11:24 AM
I was speeding - doing 53 in a 40 mph zone. Am l eligible to attend the driving educational course or am l over what is considered way over the limit and points given? This is my first ever offence, l've been driving for 25 years.
Oh boy - 16-Mar-19 @ 8:15 AM
I had my licence revoked in 2017 due to a speed camera flash of 50mph in a 30 obviously a driving course was not offered to me instead they stuck me with 6 points and a 250 pound fine because I only passed my test in 2016 the 6 points me to it had to retake my test wich I did in 2018 and acurrently already have 9 points to date,with that in mind I got flashed doing 59mph two weeks ago on the M5 in a tempery 50mph zone I have since been sent a letter saying I have three options to attend court,pay fixed penalty and 3 points,or apply for a workshop but it states even if I apply I will still have to meet the requirements to be allowed the workshop,do you think if I apply for the workshop is will meet the requirements,I can not find a definition of there requirements anywhere only if you have been doing everything for speeding In the last 3 years you will not be offered it and on the letter it states if you have 9 or more points already you can not go for the fixed penalty 3 points so does that mean i will not meet the requirements for the workshop I'm really confused and worried and stressed I have a family and a job I need to keep my licence
Flash - 8-Mar-19 @ 6:07 AM
In march last year i recevied 3 point for speeding 76mph , fair bit over as i was in a van . This week ive recevied another letter in the post caught doing 59 in a 50mph . Roadworks ! But i was out of the roadworks and half a mile later i see the officer with his speed gun but thought it was back up to national speed limit (60mph for a van) so i was doing 59mph with cars passing me As i had 3 points last year will i get another 3 points or be offered a course ? I have never attended a course and the abive is a genuine mistake
Dmh - 19-Sep-18 @ 10:03 AM
I am a new driver with 6 points from offence prior to full licence I was caught speeding in a 40mph doing 51mph this is my first ever speeding offence and I have points due to come of next month and become none active what’s the chances of being allowed to attend a course instead of getting the next 3points and having my licence revoked ? Really don’t want to lose my licence
Brigit - 15-Sep-18 @ 5:48 PM
UPDATE: Im not off to Pentonville, speed awareness here I come! phew!!
Danster - 7-Sep-18 @ 4:36 PM
Background: I have 10 points on my licence with 3 sitting in the background due to be removed..Sat speed awareness 4-5 yrs ago I was snapped driving at 82 on a dual carriageway, will I be offered a speed awareness course or am I going to Pentonville?
danster - 5-Sep-18 @ 3:50 PM
Hello I wonder if you can help me. I got flashed last Friday by a speed camera doing 54 in a 40. The road was 70mph and quickly changed to a 40. I didn’t see the signs and got flashed. I know there was average speed cameras down the whole road and before the camera I had my speed on cruise control at 58 whole way. I have never had a speeding ticket before and have been driving nearly 8 years. I’m so worried about this and how it will affect my license and insurance. Please can advise if you think I’ll be able to complete a speed awareness course? Thanks
FE123 - 30-Aug-18 @ 1:58 AM
I just like to know the outcome of my punishment as was doing 48 in a 30, it was a 60mph zone straight to 30 zone, first time offence
Boris - 4-Jul-18 @ 4:24 PM
I got two speeding fines in one day! 48 instead of 40 and 46 instead of 40 (same part of motorway). Can I attend the motor road safety awareness course on one of the fines, so i only receive 3 points instead of 6?
Lil - 30-Jun-18 @ 4:15 PM
hj - Your Question:
Hi im 17 and passed my driving test just over a month ago and got a speeding ticket for going 37 in a 30, the offence occurred in Bradwell (Norfolk). Would I be eligible to take part in the speed awareness course? if not what penalty would I be facing ?

Our Response:
This speed is within the guidelines for the offer of a speed awareness course if your area offers them but note that the police only issue these if they choose...it's not an automatic right.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Jun-18 @ 3:35 PM
Hi im 17 and passed my driving test just over a month ago and got a speeding ticket for going 37 in a 30, the offence occurred in Bradwell (Norfolk). Would i be eligible to take part in the speed awareness course? if not what penalty would i be facing ?
hj - 8-Jun-18 @ 7:08 PM
Hello, I was recently caught doing 54 in a 40 limit and have under the 2 year passing limit... will I receive points straight away or be offered the course? I am worried that I will get 6 points and loose my licence?! If I do get points will it be 3 or 6?
L - 27-Apr-18 @ 7:22 PM
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
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