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Conditional Offers and Alternatives to Points

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 23 Jul 2021 | 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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Hi I accidentally ran a red light was on a 3 lane and it was green for the 2 lanes next to me. I did a speed awareness course 18 months ago. Can I be offered a awareness course for red light (as different offence?)
Chan - 23-Jul-21 @ 6:30 PM
Hi, I’ve had a NIP through for speeding at 42mph in a 30 limit. I fully accept both responsibility and consequences, but to ease the anxiety during the wait, I’m very interested to know what the outcome is likely to be. I already have 3 points. Will this be a court summons?
Bobwidget - 28-Nov-20 @ 6:47 PM
Hi, I have been caught going through a red light after 1 second, I was in a 18t vehicle, i took a speed awareness course two years ago, will I be offered a course ? Or do they sync together ? Thanks
Slow down - 18-Nov-20 @ 5:09 PM
Recieved a nip stating that I was caught doing 79mph on a 50moh speed limit . At the time I was driving a HGV that is limited to 52mph ,I have the tacho speed trace from the time of the incident proving that I was only doing 51mph . I sent this information off with the returning Nip . What will happen now ?
Gaz - 4-Nov-20 @ 12:09 PM
If I have been caught doing 43 in a 30 Will I be offered a speed awareness corse due to this being my first ever offence
J - 16-Oct-20 @ 1:04 PM
I went through a red light today , I already have 9 points for speeding , I have had tests all day and fully admit I was in the wrong , if I’m not offered a corse can I take it to court to have points refused or ask for one rather then loosing my licence , I’m a care worker and have 3 small children and I live in the middle of nowhere .... really stupid of me , but with out my car I’ll have no job and can’t take my kids to school or get in or out if we’re I live
Sherry - 15-Sep-20 @ 12:34 PM
I was stopped by an officer for passing a red light while working as moped delivery driver for a pizza shop. The officer charged me with two offence. 1-Failure to comply with traffic light. 2-riding without third party insurance I was told by the pizza shop that I was insured and I have a prove from them, a copy of insurance policy. It was my first time passing a red light. I have pleaded guilty for the red light, however I was referredto a hearing. My question is, will I be offered a course instead of points in court? Will they dismiss the insurance charge? Thank you.
Momo - 16-Aug-20 @ 5:03 PM
Hi,i drove on red light and camera flash me twice,there was a lorry in front of me and a van behind me.i was driving on cruise control in a 7.5 tonne lorry and didn’t want to push the brakes because of the van behind.will i be able to attend a course instead of points or fine? Thanks
Vas - 22-Jul-20 @ 9:43 AM
I got caught using my phone while driving in London. Police Officer said I could take a course instead of penalty points. Is that the case?
PA - 15-Jul-20 @ 7:37 AM
Hello guys,I’ve pass on a red light and I’ve been catch by camera(I’ve seen the flash)my question is “can they offer me a course if I had the awareness speed course last year(I know it’s one a 3 year time),are they related one to each other??”Thanks!
Gigi - 7-Apr-20 @ 3:25 PM
Hi, I have been caught doing 39 in a 30 zone. I gave a clean licence. Will I be able to complete the course rather than points/fine? Thanks
Shah - 19-Nov-19 @ 7:29 PM
Hi I was caught doing 37 mph in 30 zone back 3rd October at 7.09am I tick box it was me driving post them but it was post back as letter was not signed so I tick box again sign for course and signature my name post back last Monday I’m waiting for course letter so I can booked course online how long will letter come ?
Tomton - 28-Oct-19 @ 6:17 PM
Just been caught going red light at 1.3 sec my first defence will I be able to attend awareness course on going through a red light
Rob - 15-Oct-19 @ 2:33 PM
I’ve been recorded doing 40mph in a 30mph zone is it possible to take a conditional offer instead of penalty points.
A - 11-Sep-19 @ 9:23 PM
I was caught going 94 in a 70 and have had my license for 1year and 6months. I have no other points/offences. Do you think this will amount to 6 points and get my license taken away?
Ophy - 6-Sep-19 @ 4:32 PM
Please help, I mistakenly paid for fixed penalty points instead of driver course. Can this be rectified
Lat0909 - 9-Jul-19 @ 10:15 PM
hi I was travelling home and was overtaken a slower moving car when I noticed on coming traffic so I increased my speed to quickly get in front of the slower moving car!! anyway I've been recorded travelling 84 in a 60 zone I've only had my licence for a year and 3 months! Will I receive the 6 points that will take me to thethreshold for having my licence cancelled?
mark - 17-May-19 @ 2:11 PM
I have a intention to procedure for going over a red light as I have only been driving for 1 year how many points and what sort of fine will I get.also can I do a training course instead for this offence to avoid having points on my licence
Tibk - 17-Mar-19 @ 7:20 AM
A NIP was served at my ltd company office. I completed it nominating myself and giving full correct home address. Received form withwrong address (wrong street and town but correct postcode) several weeks later. Confirmed I was driver. Subsequently received a letter with still wrong adrenaline that had been around local towns before coming to me stating I’d not responded to speeding course offer. Rang and said address stills ring and I’d like to accept the course. Apparently they then sent course offer to wrong address as I’ve now received a summons saying I’d didn’t accept course so summons issued. I’ve rung again and they’ve said nothing they can do advise some to describe wrong address in mitigating circumstances. Should I plead guilty (I’ve already sent form in saying it was me) should I ask for no points in miragatipn statement?
JB - 2-Jan-19 @ 11:55 AM
Caught doing 42mph in a temporary 30mph zone (usually 50mph) first offence, been driving just over a year.
Sasha - 30-Nov-18 @ 6:48 PM
Been sent letter I was doing 58 mph in 50 zone. Would I be considered for driving awareness course. Thanks
Sam - 10-Nov-18 @ 11:39 PM
I think i may have been caught by a red light camera. Thought i saw a flash, my own fault. I have 9 points already and im self employed so need my vehicle to work. Are there courses you can pay to take rather than the 3 points and fine?
DTB - 7-Nov-18 @ 6:29 PM
I was doing 39 on 30 zone I have my driveing licens 15 years and clean. I had family problem and I was worried and upset. The road I use 40 mph but when I come to oxford it drop to 30.I sent me info they sent me 3 points and 100 pound Which I need to pay and sent my licens. Can I ask them to do speed awareness course or it to late.
Ozzie Po2 - 4-Nov-18 @ 2:40 AM
Please help, I mistakenly paid for fixed penalty points instead of driver course. Can this be rectified ?
TL - 8-Oct-18 @ 5:07 PM
Hi pls help. I m in bits. I know no one cares but i do. I was driving home and my cousin whom is a new driver got stuck in a supermarket. The car wouldn't move. So i panicked cos she has young children who were crying. So i quickly picked up phone as she kept ringing and sed i m coming. Then police pull up. I dont get the letter of conditional offer? £200 & 6points on licences depending on if my licence has previous points. Does the points stay for ever how can i get rid of them? It is 1st offence. Can i not do a course? Pls help.
Char - 10-Sep-18 @ 12:40 PM
I have recently recieved an NIP for going 84pmh on a moterway, I have previously attended a red light awarness course and also have 3 points on my licence for speeding however never been on a speeding course. The speed I was going meets the threshold for being offered a course. How likely is it they would offer me one given the circumstances.
rayan1998 - 2-Sep-18 @ 4:15 PM
Hi I was caught doing 69mph in a 30 zone and was caught with the policeman with camera gun.. I thought it was still part of dual carriageway. SO I have now been asked to write in to court by 11th sept with my plea.. I have a clean license...so wondering what will happen
Ha - 1-Sep-18 @ 4:39 PM
Nas - Your Question:
Hi,I have an appointment to collect my taxi licence this week. I have 6 points already on my license due an accident almost 3 years ago. I received a letter stating I was doing 60 on a 50mph dual carriage way. This I'm not denying due to my current job as a courier which enforces time limits on parcels to be delivered. If I deliver outside of the window I could lose my job. Hence the reason applying for taxis. But having more points will effect my taxi license. As far as I can see there is no offer for a speed awareness course. What other options are there for me?Many thanks

Our Response:
The only alternative to a speed awareness course is points plus a fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 1-Aug-18 @ 10:34 AM
Burt- Your Question:
Hi I was recently caught holding my mobile phone , what are the chances of getting course instead of a fixed penalty

Our Response:
Courses are not usually offered as an alternative to a penalty since the decision to clamp down on mobile phone use while driving. The likely penalty will be £200 fine plus 6 penalty points.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jul-18 @ 1:00 PM
Hi, I have an appointment to collect my taxi licence this week. I have 6 points already on my license due an accident almost 3 years ago. I received a letter stating I was doing 60 on a 50mph dual carriage way. This I'm not denying due to my current job as a courier which enforces time limits on parcels to be delivered. If I deliver outside of the window I could lose my job. Hence the reason applying for taxis. But having more points will effect my taxi license. As far as I can see there is no offer for a speed awareness course. What other options are there for me? Many thanks
Nas - 31-Jul-18 @ 4:54 AM
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