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Is There a Mobile Phone Driving Awareness Course?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 14 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.My colleague has just completed a speeding awareness course to ensure he does not get the penalty points, however today he got caught using a mobile phone and was told to save him getting the points he could do a mobile phone awareness course - is this true?

Can you do both courses?

(Ms Nicky Gale, 28 September 2008)

A.

**Please note as of March 2017,driver awareness courses for mobile phone use are no longer offered **

Although the type of Driving Courses and the frequency with which they are available can vary quite dramatically from place to place, it is unusual to hear of mobile phone driving awareness courses.

Currently, motorists who are caught either driving a car while using a hand held mobile, or supervising a learner who is doing so, are likely to be stopped and charged - which can result in a £1000 fine for car drivers, raising to £2,500 for goods vehicle drivers or coach/bus drivers, and three penalty points on the offender's licence.

However if you are driving in the Thames Valley area, if you are stopped and charged with using a hand-held mobile telephone while you are driving, then you may be offered a place on a workshop called 'Call Divert' in place of a fine and points on your licence. Created with the aim of educating motorists about the dangers of making mobile telephone calls while driving, the police hope that this will raise the level of awareness among drivers, and make them understand that not only is the practice now against the law, but it is also extremely dangerous, and is a causal factor in a significant number of accidents.

The main emphasis is on distractions within the car and driving space, and how they can lead to devastating consequences for anyone in the car, or near it.

Thames Valley police are hoping that people will realise that although it is not against the law to speak on a 'hands-free' mobile phone, that it is not necessarily always safe to do so. The law is enforced when people are stopped driving using a hand-held mobile, but it also extends to anyone who does not have proper control of a vehicle, which could be someone who is distracted by a conversation held on a hands free mobile kit.

The course costs £74 including VAT and lasts for around 2.5 hours. If you are eligible to take part then you will be offered a place on the course by the Thames Valley Police who have been running the course since 2007, and depending on its success, other parts of the country are likely to follow. Eligibility does depend on a number of factors, including not committing a similar offence within the last 3 years, so even if he fits the eligibility criteria, your colleague may find that his recent attendance on the speeding awareness course precludes him from attending this time.

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Hello I was pulled over for using my mobile phone whilst driving, which I was not! I had been holding my ecigarette machine. The police offer informed me I would receive correspondence in 28 days. I also telephoned and complained to the police officers senior. It has been 46 days and I have received a letter of points and a fine or contest this in court. Does this fall out of the 28 day time scale?
Jay - 14-Oct-17 @ 2:53 PM
mario - Your Question:
Hello guys I just want to discuss my situation I was stopped by police officer (Metropolitan Police) my phone was on steering wheel and plug in charging, police officers said than he seen when I follow traffic I look down, and he blame on me that I Use my phone , but I didn't in that time!he filled up some form and questioned me why I using my phone, but I said I didn't use even touch!what I Will receive by post ?!and if is gonna be 6 points and 200£ can I challenge this ?!thanks

Our Response:
Yes the usual penalty for using a mobile phone while driving is 6 points and £200 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Oct-17 @ 3:21 PM
hello guys I just want to discuss my situation I was stopped by police officer (Metropolitan Police) my phone was on steering wheel and plug in charging, police officers said than he seen when I follow traffic I look down, and he blame on me that I Use my phone , but I didn't in that time! he filled up some form and questioned me why I using my phone, but I said I didn't use even touch! what I Will receive by post ?! and if is gonna be 6 points and 200£ can I challenge this ?! thanks
mario - 9-Oct-17 @ 12:42 AM
Wileman - Your Question:
Today I was pulled over from taking my phone off the window to redirect my map ( use my phone as a satnav as I am a van delivery driver) while we were pulled up at the traffic lights. The officers were very understanding and said they would write in the report they could clearly see I was not using it to speak/send text/check social media. But however they need to follow it through. It was in the Birmingham area. Can you tell me what I'm to expect from this. If I get the 6 points I will be disqualified as I haven't been driving 2 years until October. I have a driving job, family, new baby on the way. IF I do get the 6 points, is there a chance I could take it to court and try and plea a lesser penalty for personal circumstances? Even a higher fine and 1 less point? I need this job! My whole life revolves around it.

Our Response:
We really can't say. AS you say the usual penalty is 6 points plus a fine. It depends on what the police decide at the time. We can't advise you whether you'd be better to take it via the courts or not, you'd be better off seeking professional legal advice on that.
NoPenaltyPoints - 14-Aug-17 @ 11:10 AM
Today I was pulled over from taking my phone off the window to redirect my map ( use my phone as a satnav as I am a van delivery driver) while we were pulled up at the traffic lights. The officers were very understanding and said they would write in the report they could clearly see I was not using it to speak/send text/check social media. But however they need to follow it through. It was in the Birmingham area. Can you tell me what I'm to expect from this. If I get the 6 points I will be disqualified as I haven't been driving 2 years until October. I have a driving job, family, new baby on the way. IF I do get the 6 points, is there a chance I could take it to court and try and plea a lesser penalty for personal circumstances? Evena higher fine and 1 less point? I need this job! My whole life revolves around it.
Wileman - 11-Aug-17 @ 12:35 PM
Is there a course if you are caught in the Thames valley area according to your post ?
Coffeeee - 13-Jul-17 @ 10:56 AM
Ratty - Your Question:
Hi was pulled up yesterday while in slow moving traffic looking at my phones map im aware that the law is now 6 points and the fine. It was by a metropolitan traffic unit my questions is that Thames valley offer a course do the met also offer this course as I'd would gladly do the course and avoid the points.

Our Response:
Courses are no longer offered for the offence of using a hand held phone while driving. The likely penalty is 6 penalty points and a £200 fine.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Jul-17 @ 11:39 AM
Hi was pulled up yesterday while in slow moving traffic looking at my phones map im aware that the law is now 6 points and the fine. It was by a metropolitan traffic unit my questions is that Thames valley offer a course do the met also offer this course as I'd would gladly do the course and avoid the points.
Ratty - 5-Jul-17 @ 11:27 AM
SF - Your Question:
Is this course still being offered despite new laws coming in though?I was stopped yesterday whilst stupidly using my phone. Thee were no points or fine details put in the section on my ticket, so am curious.

Our Response:
No they are no longer offered, we've updated this question accordingly.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Jun-17 @ 10:03 AM
Is this course still being offered despite new laws coming in though? I was stopped yesterday whilst stupidly using my phone. Thee were no points or fine details put in the section on my ticket, so am curious.
SF - 24-Jun-17 @ 7:41 AM
Hi i was caught by a camera van using my mobile phone on 12th February 2017 I have today had a conditional offer letter stating the above but giving me 2 options 1. pay £200 & receive 6 points 2. Go to court Is this right? Didn't the 200 & 6 points not come in until 1st March 2017
Dpage - 24-Mar-17 @ 5:50 PM
Nass59 - Your Question:
Good day,06/02/2017i was driving and using the google map while the phone mounted,they phone fell over from cradle ,so I picked it up,and at perfect timing ,police stopped me on the side, saying you were using your phone,as apparently there is a new law ,if you hold the phone in ur hand while driving even if not using it ,you will get a fine.i aruged with the officer that I didn't use it at all and I explained it to him, but she took my detail and write a penalty ticket saying you will either get 3 points or some kind of a course, I refuse to sign the ticket , and the office said that I will get it by post, the question is ,1. can I challenge it in court, do I have any chance of success?2. roughly when will I get the ticket by post??kind regards

Our Response:
No, it wouldn't be worth challenging this. The police have up to 6 months in which to take further action.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Feb-17 @ 12:44 PM
Good day,06/02/2017 i was driving and using the google map while the phone mounted,they phone fell over from cradle ,so i picked it up,and at perfect timing ,police stopped me on the side, saying you were using your phone,as apparently there is a new law ,if you hold the phone in ur hand while driving even if not using it ,you will get a fine. i aruged with the officer that i didn't use it at all and i explained it to him, but she took my detail and write a penalty ticket saying you will either get 3 points or some kind of a course, I refuse to sign the ticket , and the office said that i will get it by post, the question is , 1. can i challenge it in court, do i have any chance of success? 2. roughly when will i get the ticket by post?? kind regards
Nass59 - 8-Feb-17 @ 6:27 AM
Hi, i was just stopped for having my mobile phone in my hand, well i was passing it from one hand to the other in order to put it down. I have 3 points on my license for speeding. Now would i get the option of going on a course for my mobile phone offence?
Lee - 1-Feb-17 @ 9:42 AM
Good evening, I was stopped earlier today for holding my mobile phone whilst exiting a petrol pump and the officer who stopped me issued me a slip informing me I may or may not receive a letter letting me know whether I will have a £100 fine with points or the fine with a speeding course. He advised me if I don't receive a letter within 2 weeks to not chase it up. I was just wondering do they normally issue you a ticket and points there and then or isit via post? Regards
king313 - 28-Jan-17 @ 11:38 PM
Hi, I was stopped for using my phone in traffic on 14/11/2016 however I have only just received a letter now dated 04/01/17 to attend a "what's driving us" course is this correct as it was sent so late? Around 52 days later? Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks.
Tomdabomb57 - 6-Jan-17 @ 12:02 PM
Hi police pulled me over said I was on my phone when I was not!! Gave me a fixed notice said they might offer me a course or go to court... I had a speeding course 2 years ago can I still have the phone course?
Sutty - 31-Dec-16 @ 5:35 PM
shawey - Your Question:
I need to post my licence after receiving 3 penalty points and paying a fine going through a red light.I have misplaced the letter and do not know where to post it to?thanksLuke Shaw

Our Response:
You need to find the contact details for either the police, a fixed penalty office (FPO) or the court if you had a summons.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-Dec-16 @ 11:44 AM
I need to post my licence after receiving 3 penalty points and paying a fine going through a red light. I have misplaced the letter and do not know where to post it to? thanks Luke Shaw
shawey - 17-Dec-16 @ 10:40 AM
I just had my speed awareness court yesterday and I drove to London, On my back, i got stopped by Warwickshire police for holding my mobile phone. Do anyone knows if I will get a Phone awareness course which is part of the Thames valley Police to send people on a course rather than fixed penalty point as I can't afford any any point on my licence as my livelihood depends on driving. Any ideas or suggestions please? Popson
Popson - 15-Dec-16 @ 11:56 PM
Hey!i was stopped by the thames valley police for holding mobile phone while driving as i was not.they did not know that i had the customer in the car as i am taxi driver. They were doing speed trap. when they pulled me and said you were holding the phone i was in a bit of shock like how could you say when i was not and then the lady in my car came out and she said the same thing but the officer started been funny. Now i ve got a letter sayin either attend a course or decline it and come to the court. Obiviously if it was only me the Police officer would have been superior but As i have an independent witness and she is willing to help me what are the chances. I am bit lost here because if in the court Judge says you are guilty despit of having a witness i can loose both license and my job.
Beeeata - 8-Dec-16 @ 10:53 AM
Lips - Your Question:
Hello , I was driving a skip lorry and I have received a letter to name the driver ( which was me ) accused of using a handheld device whilst driving and due care and attention.They have asked me to give any mittigating circumstances and obviously tell them it was me driving.I was going to write down it was me ect but is there any chance of courses or is this a straight to court and possible loose my licence job ?If I get any more than 6 points I will be out of a job !Very stupid I know.Thanks lee.

Our Response:
The penalty for using a mobile while driving can vary from 3 points/£100, to a ban. Sometimes driver awareness courses are offered.Driving without due care and attention can attract points of between 3 and 9. We can't say what you'll be given as a lot of this is up to the police/courts.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Dec-16 @ 12:50 PM
Hello , I was driving a skip lorry and I have received a letter to name the driver ( which was me ) accused of using a handheld device whilst driving and due care and attention . They have asked me to give any mittigating circumstances and obviously tell them it was me driving . I was going to write down it was me ect but is there any chance of courses or is this a straight to court and possible loose my licence job ? If I get any more than 6 points I will be out of a job ! Very stupid I know . Thanks lee.
Lips - 2-Dec-16 @ 7:37 AM
Tom - Your Question:
HiI was caught with my phone in my hand while at was stopped at a red light.The officer said I'd be given a written warning so I would not get a fine or points on my license.He said for me to expect a letter through the post explaining the written warning.How common is it that they give out written warnings for offences like this? As I'm a bit worried that I'll receive a letter saying I have a fine and 3 points.Thank you,Tom

Our Response:
Not as far as we are aware. The usual course of action is to issue a verbal warning or on the spot penalty or a follow up Fixed penalty notice or court summons.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Nov-16 @ 2:17 PM
Hi I was caught with my phone in my hand while at was stopped at a red light. The officer said I'd be given a written warning so I would not get a fine or points on my license. He said for me to expect a letter through the post explaining the written warning. How common is it that they give out written warnings for offences like this? As I'm a bit worried that I'll receive a letter saying I have a fine and 3 points. Thank you, Tom
Tom - 23-Nov-16 @ 7:39 AM
Hy !i ve been caught by speeding camera s in an area of 20 mphwhile driving at 30 mph ...will i be able to go to a speed awareness course if i ve been to another course in the past year for being caught using mobile phone?!if i cannot attend the course will my points from previous offence add up to the last offence of speeding?!i heard points are in standby for a while even if someone attends awareness courses!thanks
Ray - 19-Nov-16 @ 3:42 PM
Lee - Your Question:
Hi, I was caught by Warwickshire police on my mobile phone and they said I should be able to do anational driver offender retraining course but I have been on a speed awareness course in the past, will I still qualify for the national driver offender retraining course?

Our Response:
Yes you might still be eligible as the previous course was of a different nature.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Nov-16 @ 10:53 AM
Hi, I was caught by Warwickshire police on my mobile phone and they said I should be able to do a national driver offender retraining course but I have been on a speed awareness course in the past, will I still qualify for the national driver offender retraining course?
Lee - 10-Nov-16 @ 11:31 AM
Hi. I was pulled over a month ago for being on my phone by Warwickshire and West Mercia Police. I haven't received any correspondence in the 4 weeks. Is there a maximum amount of time they have?
Jonny2016 - 17-Oct-16 @ 4:01 PM
HarWest12 - Your Question:
I was watched getting in my car, putting my mobile phone on dashboard, starting car and driving, as soon as I pulled out of my road the police office who was watching me pulled me over for using my mobile phone, I wasn't, I asked him if he wanted to see it, he said no, I've pulled you over now you will get a ticket. I couldn't even reach the phone from the drivers seat without undoing my seat belt. Anyway I want to appeal this, I have proof my phone had no activity during the time period but that's it, its my word against his, all article I have read about attending court never seem to go for the driver and the courts always back the police, is this the case, or will I actually be listened to, I don't want to appeal pay £1000 fine, take 3 points and just be told the policeman says you were on the phone so you were. Can anyone offer any advice? as its all negative on the internet when googled and saying I must get a motoring lawyer to defend me otherwise I've got no chance etc.

Our Response:
If you appeal, you'll have to be prepared to present your case in court. If you can prove that there was no activity on your phone, that may help but we recommend you do at least seek professional legal advice before taking this step.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Oct-16 @ 11:49 AM
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