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Speed Awareness Courses—Everything You Need To Know

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When it comes to driving, even the most experienced drivers can end up making a small mistake on the road. All it takes is one moment of inattentiveness and you could get snapped by a speed camera going well over the limit. Now, in some cases, this could mean you end up with points on your licence and a hefty fine. In other cases, however, you might be asked to attend one of the invite-only speed awareness courses instead.

In this guide, we’re going to look at what speed awareness courses are, who is eligible to take one, how it might affect your car insurance and much more!


Table of contents:


What are speed awareness courses?

Motorists who have been caught speeding are sometimes given the option to attend a speed awareness course. It’s offered by regional police as an alternative to receiving points on a licence and a fine. As we’ll discuss in more detail in what to expect on the day, these courses are educational workshops that are designed to re-educate speeding offenders—helping them relearn parts of the Highway Code and really understand the consequences of irresponsible driving.

The number of motorists opting to take speed awareness courses has increased quite a lot over the past few years.  In fact, according to the TTC Group, in 2018, 1.9 million drivers opted to take a speed awareness course instead of 3 points on their licence and a fine. Whilst the cost of the course might end up being equivalent to the fine, it still means you avoid racking up penalty points. Remember, if you receive 12 or more within 3 years—or 6 within the first 2 years of driving—you could get disqualified.

Before you start ignoring speed limits entirely, you should know that these courses are only offered to individuals who meet the criteria.


Who is eligible for a speed awareness course?

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If you’ve been caught speeding by a speed camera, or you’ve been stopped by the police, you’ll be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution and a Section 172 Notice within 14 days. You have to return the Section 172 Notice within 28 days to inform the police of who was driving the car. If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent the offer of a speed awareness course. If not, your other options are a Fixed Penalty Notice or a court hearing to appeal your offence.

Now, speed awareness courses are like an exclusive club—you can’t ask for an invite, you have to wait for one. For starters, you’ll only get the chance to attend one if you’ve admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the speeding offence and if you haven’t already attended one within the 3 years prior to your current speeding offence. Additionally, your speed has to have been within certain limits and you can’t have committed any further offences at the time of the speeding offence.

You can get a better look at these speed limits in the table below. Please be aware that these limits will vary depending on the police force involved.

Speed Limit
Minimum Speed
Maximum Speed
20 mph 24 mph 31 mph
30 mph 35 mph 42 mph
40 mph 46 mph 53 mph
50 mph 57 mph 64 mph
60 mph 68 mph 75 mph
70 mph 79 mph 86 mph

Source: Confused.com

If you are eligible to take a speed awareness course, you’ll be contacted by the police through a letter. You’ll then need to either accept the offer, or decline and take the fine and points on your licence. You can book a speed awareness course online—the letter will tell you which providers are available in your area. It’s not advisable to put it off too long, as you’ll have to take it no more than 12 weeks after the date of your speeding offence.

What if I appeal?

Thinking about trying your chances with an appeal? Whilst you are free to do so, you should know that as soon as you make an appeal, the offer of a speed awareness course will be withdrawn.

If you plead not guilty, you’ll end up having to go to court. And if they find that you are indeed guilty of speeding, then you could end up with an even bigger fine and more penalty points. The amount you’ll be fined will depend entirely on what the speed limit was and how much you were over it. According to GOV.UK, “it’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 if you were driving on a motorway)”.

Add that to the fact that you could also be disqualified from driving, and it’s a pretty risky move!


How much do they cost and who provides them?

Whilst the cost of a speed awareness course will vary depending on where you live, you’re looking at having to pay between £80 to £100. The cost of the course is essentially equivalent (give or take) to the fine you would have to pay otherwise. The main difference, of course, is that opting for a speed awareness course means you won’t have 3 points added to your driving licence.

Speed awareness courses are run by independent companies that are regulated by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS), working in conjunction with the local police. You can find a list of course locations here, but you won’t be able to actually book a speed awareness course unless you’ve received an offer from the police. You can choose to take a course at any location—you aren’t restricted to taking it in the area where you committed the speeding offence.

Once you’ve accepted the police’s offer of a speed awareness course, you’ll need to book in online. In order to do so, you’ll need your driving licence number and your bank card to pay for the course. Part of this cost will go towards the police force located in the area you committed the offence in. This will cover the cost of processing the offence and the course offer.


What can I expect on the day?

An empty classroom filled with tables chairs and a projector

The course will last around 4 to 5 hours, depending on the provider. You won’t be the only driver in attendance—you’ll be taking the course with up to 25 other people. The course will be structured like a workshop. It’s classroom based, though some providers may include in-car practical training. Whilst you won’t have to take any official tests, you will have to actively participate in discussions.

The entire point of the course is to minimise your chances of speeding in the future and open your eyes to the dangers of speeding. As such, the workshop will:

  • Explore why you were speeding
  • Teach you the consequences of your actions
  • Update your knowledge of  the Highway Code and stopping distances
  • Help you understand different speed limits and where they would apply
  • Show you how to identify and avoid hazards
  • Walk you through potential defensive driving measures

As long as you complete the course to the satisfaction of the provider—staying for the duration of the workshop and participating in discussions—you’ll be able to go on your merry way at the end. The provider will get in touch with the police afterwards to let them know you’ve completed the course. Bear in mind that your details will be kept in the NDORS database, and if you are caught speeding again within 3 years of taking a speed awareness course, you’ll end up receiving a fine and 3 points on your licence.

You’ll need to bring your driving licence with you, or two alternate forms of ID, otherwise you won’t be allowed to take the course. You should also aim to get there 15 minutes early.

Why should I take a speed awareness course?

Whilst a speed awareness course will come out at near enough the same price as the fixed penalty for your speeding offence, it’s still a better option to take. It means that you avoid receiving 3 points on your driving licence and a speeding conviction on your driving record—factors that would undoubtedly increase your insurance premiums.

It’s important that you try to limit the number of points you get on your licence. Why? If you get 12 or more points within a 3 year period, you’ll be disqualified from driving. If you’re a new driver, the rules are even stricter! Your licence will be revoked if you receive 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test. Points on your licence also increase your insurance premiums.

Let’s face it, whilst no-one wants to spend 4 to 5 hours in a classroom, it’s a price worth paying in order to avoid the possibility of getting disqualified from driving. Plus, you’ll actually learn some vital information and skills to help you become a safer driver. Remember, the longer you go without an accident, the better your car insurance options will be.


Will taking a speed awareness course affect my insurance?

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If you end up with a speeding conviction on your record, you will definitely see an increase in your insurance premiums. By taking a speed awareness course, however, you can avoid the conviction and, potentially, keep your premiums at the same level. This all depends entirely on your insurance provider, however.

In most cases, insurers will only want to know if you have any points on your licence for a motoring conviction or Fixed Penalty Notice. That being said, there are some insurers who will ask if you’ve ever completed a speed awareness course. If they do ask, it’s likely that filling out ‘yes’ will result in your premiums rising. Whilst taking a speed awareness course will help you become a safer driver, it still tells the insurer that you might be prone to ignoring speed limits. To an insurer, this makes you a bit of a risk to insure. Of course, if they don’t ask you about speed awareness courses, it can’t be used as a factor for determining your premiums.

Though you might be tempted to not disclose this information to your insurer if they ask, please be aware that you’re legally obligated to tell them. If your insurer finds out that you’ve intentionally lied on your insurance forms, they could increase your premiums or invalidate your insurance entirely.


FAQs

1. What if I’m late or can’t make it to my appointment?

It’s up to you to arrive on time. Heavy traffic is always a possibility, so you need to plan ahead. If you do end up being late, you won’t be allowed to join the class. If you’re ill, then you should let the provider know as soon as possible. You’ll find a contact number on the letter you were sent. You’ll need to provide a doctor’s note to prove this. The police will then review your case and decide whether or not to offer you another chance to take a course.

2. Do I have to pay for a speed awareness course?

Yep! The cost will vary depending on the course provider and the region you live in. On average, however, you’ll have to pay between £80 to £100. You will need to pay for the course online as soon as you book it.

3. How often can you take a speed awareness course?

Once you’ve attended a speed awareness course, you won’t be allowed to go to another one for 3 years. If you end up with another speeding offence, then you’ll have to pay the fine and take the points. Your details will remain on a database if you’ve taken a speed awareness course. As such, there’s no way to get around it.

4. Can I appeal my offence and take a course if I don’t win?

Nope. You’re allowed to appeal against your speeding offence, but if you do, the offer to take a speed awareness course will be rescinded. You also run the risk of receiving a bigger fine and more points if you lose the appeal.

5. Do I need to tell my insurer if I take a speed awareness course?

This will depend entirely on your insurer. You will have to get in touch with your current provider to see if this is something you’re legally required to disclose. If you’re asked to provide this information when starting with a new insurer, make sure you do.

6. Why haven’t I been offered a speed awareness course?

It’s entirely up to the discretion of your local police on whether or not to offer you a speed awareness course. If you’ve already taken one within the last 3 years, or you were well above the speed limits stipulated by the police, you won’t be offered one.

7. Could I end up failing a speed awareness course?

The only real way you could fail a speed awareness course is if you go out of your way to do so. In other words, if you don’t stay for the duration of the course or if you actively go out of your way not to participate. If you do end up failing, you’ll have to take the fine and penalty points. You also won’t receive a refund.

8. How many people will be taking the course?

It will vary depending on the provider and how over-subscribed they are at any given time. You’re looking at an average of around 15 to 25 attendees.

9. How do I go about booking a course?

After you’ve received a letter from the police, you’ll need to return the form to let them know that you accept the course offer. You need to do this within the time limit in the letter. You can find your local course provider and additional information in the letter.

10. When will I be expected to take this course?

Taking into consideration the fact that many drivers are in full-time work and are unable to take any time off, providers usually offer courses on weekdays and weekends—including evenings.

By Bethany Hall

Whether you’re a learner or a pro driver, Bethany is here to help. From defensive driving to the Highway Code, she’ll tell you everything you need know about driving. If she’s not on the road, you’ll probably find Bethany with her head in a book or binge-watching the latest TV show.

88 Comments

  1. Reply

    Hollie Lacayo

    Hi, can I ask a question? Great read above really insightful, but I just wondered is the driver still allowed to drive in the interim of receiving the speeding notification and taking the course? Many thanks x

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for the great feedback. To answer your question, yes, drivers are still allowed to drive in the interim of receiving a speeding notification and taking a speed awareness course. I hope this was helpful.

      Bethany

  2. Reply

    LindaHennessy

    Can I take the speed awareness course that is local to me .

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, you can take a speed awareness course that is local to you. You aren’t restricted to taking it in the area where you committed the speeding offence. All you have to do is look at which locations are available to you when you book online.

      Bethany

  3. Reply

    samantha cottam

    If you get a speeding ticket in a different county can you do the course in your own location

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Samantha,

      Speed awareness courses are only available for drivers who have committed speeding offences in the UK. If you commit a speeding offence in a different country, you’ll usually only have to pay a fine.

      Bethany

  4. Reply

    malcolm Glanvile

    Hi, can I do a speed awareness course for a new offence which is within the required field, although I received 3 points for a previous offence 2 months prior to latest offence, nothing for 46 years, then 2 close to-gether, thanks Malcolm

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Malcolm,

      You have to be invited onto a speed awareness course to actually take one. If you don’t receive an invitation from the police then you won’t be able to.

      Bethany

  5. Reply

    Kevin Hutchinson

    I have a speed awareness course on the 10th of September 2019. I have just been working in Jersey this weekend and have lost my wallet with my driving licence in it. Do I need to take my driving licence to the course or will my passport do. I want to cancel my bank cards but I have to pay 20 for a replacement licence. If I cancel my cards I cant pay for my license. I have tried getting a replacement on line before I cancel my cards but the system is down. Please help?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Kevin,

      TTC (one of the main speed awareness providers in the UK) say that you can still show up without a driving licence, as long as you have two other valid forms of ID.

      Acceptable forms of ID (2 of these will be required) include:
      Valid Passport;
      Recent Utility Bill (i.e. gas or electric bill);
      Bank Statement;
      Debit/Credit Card.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany

  6. Reply

    Chi

    Hi,
    If I was not the driver and I fill the details of the named driver, will the second driver be offered the course also?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Chi,

      Once the Police have determined who the driver was at the time of the offence, they will offer a speed awareness course to them and them alone (if they meet the criteria). If you were not the driver, you would not be offered a speed awareness course.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany

  7. Reply

    stella

    Hi Bethany, my Son was clocked 7miles over the speed limit,5/09/19 we got a letter through yesterday 11/09, as 1st offence we are hoping he will be offered the course. He is away at Uni from 14th Sept to Dec. Will he be able to take the course when he returns home ?
    Thank you

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Stella,

      You’ll have to wait and see if your son actually gets an offer to complete a Speed Awareness course. If he does get invited to complete one, the letter will mention the latest date at which he can take the course.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany.

  8. Reply

    Stuart Skidmore

    Hi I received letter today for speeding I have had licence since sept 2017 will my licence be revoked.

    Regards

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Stuart,

      If you’re still within 2 years of passing your driving test, your driving licence will be revoked if you build up 6 or more penalty points. The minimum penalty for speeding is usually a £100 fine and 3 penalty points. So, if you haven’t had any points prior, you should still be ok. If you’re not sure how many points you have on your licence, check with the DVLA here.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany.

  9. Reply

    Aly

    Hi,
    I was offered a speed awareness course so signed up online. It asked me to choose one in my area and select the best day and time from the dates that were highlighted. There weren’t any dates highlighted for me to chose at all. I was waiting till Monday to ring to see if I could book over the phone but have now received an email saying my offer has been withdrawn and to wait for the police to be in touch. Why would an offer be withdrawn?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Aly,

      The Police might have decided that you are no longer eligible for a Speed Awareness course, or it could simply be a technical error. Rather than speculate, however, it’s probably best to wait for the Police to get in touch.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany.

  10. Reply

    Liz

    Hi, I went through a red light and was caught on camera sometime in 2016, I don’t know the date but have traced the course to 3rd of january 2017, so would assume it might have been towards the end of 2016. Whilst away recently, I was caught speeding 35 in a 30mph limit, my fault, I was unfamiliar with the road and didn’t realise it had gone from 40 down to 30. With the notice of intended prosecution, I was invited to apply for a speed awareness workshop. As the previous course was for a red light offence, if it was less than three years. am I likely to be offered a course for speeding?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Liz,

      If you haven’t already attended a Speed Awareness course within the 3 years prior to your speeding offence, then you should be fine. If you are eligible for a Speed Awareness course, you’ll be sent an offer by the Police. Otherwise, they’ll send you a Fixed Penalty Notice.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany.

  11. Reply

    Barbara Hopwood

    Hi Bethany,
    I have been offered a place on a speed awareness course at a venue which is about 20 miles away. As these courses are held in my own town can I ask to attend there? I am 84 years old and don’t relish driving to a strange place.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Barbara,

      Yes, you should be able to attend a Speed Awareness course at a venue closer to where you live. I’d suggest going to the course provider’s website to change the location of your course. Check the offer letter that the Police sent you to find out who the provider is. If it’s NDORS, you can pick the location of your course here. You will need the Reference Number and PIN from the Course Offer letter sent to you by the Police in order to do this. Alternatively, I’d give the provider a ring to see if they can sort it out for you. It shouldn’t be a problem.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany

  12. Reply

    Steven Hughes

    Hey, if I’m a new driver (only been driving about a year) and get a speeding fine can I go on a speed awareness course or are they not available to new drivers?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Steven,

      Speed Awareness courses can be offered to new drivers. However, you’ll only receive an offer letter if the Police decide you’re eligible. Your speed has to have been within certain limits and you can’t have committed any further offences at the time of the speeding offence. If you do receive an offer, you’ll be able to book your Speed Awareness course online. If you don’t receive one, you’ll need to pay the fine and take the penalty points. Please be aware that if a new driver gets 6 or more penalty points within 2 years, they will be disqualified.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  13. Reply

    Lee

    Hi lets say in a 70mph scenario what speed can you “do” and get a speed awareness?is there a certain guideline speed they abide too? Looking online and not really getting many answers truthfully so thought id drop the question

    Thanks

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Lee,

      If you look at the table underneath ‘Who is eligible for a speed awareness course?’, you can see a rough guideline of the speed limits used by the Police. In this case, the minimum for 70mph is 79mph and the maximum speed is 86mph. So, your speed would have to fall somewhere between those limits. Please be aware that this is a rough guideline only. You will only be invited onto a speed awareness course if the Police decide you’re eligible.

      Hope this helped!

      Bethany

  14. Reply

    Goodluck

    Hi,
    I have been offered a speed awareness course for driving 36 mph instead of 30mph. I have already booked for the awareness course but not yet attend. I have again received another speeding ticket today driving 37mph instead of 30mph. will I be offered another speed awareness course as I have not yet attended the first one? or I will be allowed to combine this together

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi,

      If you’ve been caught speeding a second time, then you’ll likely face prosecution and receive at least three penalty points. You will not be offered a second speed awareness course within a three-year period of your last one.

      Hope this clears things up!

      Bethany

  15. Reply

    peter davenport

    can i be offered a speed awareness course if i already have 6 points on my licence {not for speeding, it was for using my mobile phone}?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Peter,

      As far as I’m aware, you should still hypothetically be eligible for a speed awareness course as you haven’t been caught speeding before. Of course, you’ll only be offered a speed awareness course if your speed was within a certain limit. You’ll have to wait and see if you get an invite from the Police.

      Hope this helps!

      Bethany

  16. Reply

    Carol

    Hi Bethany,
    A quick question I was speeding overtaking a car in front of me in a 30mph I was doing 40mph it has not been 3yrs yet since my speed awareness course what might happen coz I saw the van too late.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Carol,

      As you’ve already taken a speed awareness course within the last 3 years, you will have to pay a fine and will end up with points on your licence. You will receive more information on the matter when the Police send you a letter regarding your speeding offence.

      Hope this helps!

      Bethany

  17. Reply

    Jodie

    Hi Bethany,
    I attended a speed awareness course on 7th Nov 2016. I have just been caught speeding and received a letter of prosecution on 23/10/19. Just falls short of the 3 years by 15 days. Do you think they might let me do another speed awareness course? I fall within the criteria with speed allowance for a course.

    Thanks
    Jo

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Jodie,

      Given that it hasn’t yet been three years since you last took a speed awareness course – even if it’s only 15 days short – it’s unlikely that you’ll be given the chance to take another speed awareness course. In this case, you will have to take the penalty points and fine.

      Hope this clears things up.

      Bethany

  18. Reply

    Barry

    Hello, I appear to have just had an encounter with a speed detection van up above the carriageway on the flyover. I’ve been on the motorway at a certain point the sign shows the motorway has ended and you are now on a dual carriageway Coming off that carriageway bearing left to continue on the carriageway there is a sharp bend where the national speed has been reduced down to 50 just after the bend then a bit further on it goes back into national speed I’ve come off the bend having done the 50 over then proceeded to speed up seen speed van up above just a little in front and realised that I’ve not yet hit the point Where it goes back up to national speed I’ve built my speed back up to I think around about 70 or maybe just a smidge under so I’ve possibly doing 70 in a 50 I think the sign is about 300 yards or more up ahead when it goes back to national speed(26 years of keeping my nose clean and keeping my license clean and now build my speed up just a little bit before it goes back from 50 to national speed jewel carriageway with motorway style central reservation which I assume is 70) i’ve now got myself in a bit of a Tiswas State over all this not in a very good financial situation or anything at the moment am I on likely not to be offered the opportunity to do a speed awareness course? I can see it looks really bad 70 in a 50 it’s just jewel carriageway and a bad bend them back up to national speed and I’ve speeded it back up a little too soon.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Barry,

      Unfortunately, whilst your confusion is understandable, it is highly unlikely – given how fast you were going – that you’ll be offered the chance to take a speed awareness course. As such, you will have to take the fine and penalty points. You’ll likely receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution within the next week or so. Once you reply to it, you’ll later receive a Fixed Penalty Notice which will outline the cost of the fine and the number of penalty points you’ve been given.

      Hope this clears things up.

      Bethany

  19. Reply

    vicky

    hi Bethany,
    I am responding to nip for over speeding within 28 days timeframe but now travelling abroad for four weeks. My concern is how much timeframe they give to respond for further communication letter from them if they would offer me for speed awareness course or any other option they might chose to do so?
    Regards

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Vicky,

      Once you’ve responded to the Notice of Intended Prosecution, the Police will send you either a Fixed Penalty Notice – which will lay out how much the fine is and how many points you’ve received – or an offer for a speed awareness course. In either case, you have an additional 28 days to pay the fine or book onto a speed awareness course.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  20. Reply

    Carol

    Hi, my friend took a speed awareness course in Merseyside over 3 years ago and then, after another offence in April 2018 was given 3 points on her licence. She’s just received a notice to say she was doing 42mph in a 30mph area a week ago. This is in the threshold for Merseyside police to offer an other speed awareness course. I know it’s at their discretion, but can she potentially be offered another speed awareness course ?

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Carol,

      Assuming that the 3 points your friend received in 2018 were for a speeding offence, then she wouldn’t be able to take a speed awareness course. This is because, to be eligible for a course, you must not have been convicted of any speeding offences within the past three years.

      If, however, the points she received were for an offence other than speeding, then she may be eligible for a speed awareness course, as she last took one over three years ago.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  21. Reply

    Pete

    Hi,
    I received an NIP on 7 Nov 19 for an offence in July 19. It has been 3 months since my V5 was registered to my new address, does anyone know if there is a set timescale for the police to send these out? I was speeding not denying it but 3 months late seems a bit slow.
    Thanks
    Pete

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Pete,

      The NIP is supposed to reach you within 14 days of the alleged driving offence. However, with a change of address, it may have taken some time to send it out to your new address. Your best bet is to reply with any details you’re asked to provide. You will then receive further communication from the police as to your next course of action.

      Hope this helps.

      Bethany

  22. Reply

    Jeff Marcus

    On my form for speeding it does not tell me when l need to pay for the course how much it is l want to do the course ln the west midlands every phone number l ring there is no one to talk direct to you

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Jeff,

      We’re an independent driving school and are not affiliated with the DVLA, the police or any speed awareness course providers. As such, you would need to get in contact with one of these bodies to pay for your course.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  23. Reply

    Sunny

    Hi Bethany,
    I have bright splash light as approaching Dartford crossing.my clocked was 51 or 52 mph on 50 mph. But there were 2 cars both on my side.not sure if I get caught of over speeding and get penalty charged. I have no previous over speeding for more than 10 years.
    Thanks,

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Sunny,

      In this scenario, as you’re within 10% of the speed limit, it’s unlikely you’ll be prosecuted for speeding. That being said, there is still a chance. If this does happen, you’ll receive a letter in the post. To avoid this situation going forward, you should to err on the side of caution with your speed from now on.

      Hope this helps.

      Bethany

  24. Reply

    Ian

    Hi
    I have 9 points on my licence, having foolishly turned down two courses and then collecting 3 points at 87mph on a motorway where no course was offered. I have just received a notification of an intended prosecution for a speed of 39 mph in a 30 mph area. Will I be offered a course ? – The Q and A with the letter only states that I will be offered a course if you haven’t previously attended and if you are under 42 mph, no mention of previous points.

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Ian,

      This depends on when your previous offences took place. If you were convicted of a speeding offence within the past three years, then you won’t be eligible for a speed awareness course. If your previous offences were longer ago, then you may be offered a course.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  25. Reply

    clare

    hi
    can you do a driving awareness course if I have only recently passed my test

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Clare,

      To my knowledge, there’s no restriction on how long you need to have had your licence to be eligible for a speed awareness course.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  26. Reply

    Ian

    Thanks Andy
    It does help, for clarity all 9 points are for speeding and within the last three years, so no course ?

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Ian,

      Unfortunately no, it doesn’t sound like you’d be offered a speed awareness course in this instance. If you do indeed get another 3 points on your licence, this would add up to 12 and could carry a driving disqualification of 6 months.

      Andy

  27. Reply

    Stella

    You say : “ …..you only get the chance to attend ( a speed awareness course) if you’ve admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the speeding offence…”
    What if the driver was not me, but a fully insured person driving my car with my permission ? Would that person be eligible for the course ?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Stella,

      If you receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution from the Police, you will need to inform them that you weren’t driving at the time. You will then need to pass on the details of the person who was driving your vehicle during the time of the offence. Once they admit to being the driver, if they are eligible, they will be given the option to attend a speed awareness course.

      Hope this helps.

      Bethany.

  28. Reply

    Antonio

    Hi,
    I received was offered a speed awareness course about two weeks ago. All this week I have been looking for the letter, but I can’t find it anywhere. Is there another way to register and book my course?

    Thanks

    Antonio

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Antonio,

      You’ll need the reference number and PIN on the offer letter to be able to book a course. If you can’t find it, you may need to contact the police force that sent you the letter directly.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  29. Reply

    Tony

    Hello,
    If I am offered a particular location for a speed awareness course and don’t like it can I simply revert to the fine plus points option?

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Tony,

      According to NDORS, the body which oversees speed awareness courses, you can change the location of your course. You need to visit the offer portal, where you can log in and see where courses run in your area.

      You need to attend the course in order to avoid the fine and points. As such, if you failed to attend or cancelled your course, you would get the fine and points.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  30. Reply

    chidi

    Hi Bethany,

    I am a foreign driver with a foreign license. I received a speeding letter (NIP) cos I was doing 81mph on a 70 road. Will I be offered a speed awareness course? And what if I decline the course?

    Thanks

    Chidi

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Chidi,

      After a driver receives a Notice of Intended Prosecution, they are required to tell the Police if they were the one driving at the time of the speeding offence. Once you’ve provided these details, you may be given the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course, as your speed was within the minimum and maximum limits. It is entirely up to the Police, however. If you’re not offered a course, or you choose not to accept one, you will be required to pay a fixed penalty fine. You will also receive 3 penalty points that will be carried over if you ever decide to exchange your foreign licence for a UK one.

      You should find all the information you need in the NIP and any following correspondence from the Police.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  31. Reply

    philip sunner

    Hi Bethany
    can I bring my wife along on a speed awareness course, she says when I book that she wants to come with me, thanks philip

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Philip,

      Unfortunately, your wife will not be allowed to accompany you on your speed awareness course. Space is limited for these courses, so participants are not allowed to bring guests. It’s strictly for those who have been invited by the Police.

      Hope this helps.

      Bethany

  32. Reply

    Andrew Woodvine

    Hi Bethany,

    The speed awareness course has made a clerical error and used my second name and last name, (instead of first and last name). Will this effect me on the day or should I refill paperwork and resend to the course? (I don’t want to miss the deadline).

    For example my name is John Thomas Smith and the letter is addressed to Thomas Smith.

    Thanks for you help.

    Andy

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Andrew,

      I’d suggest getting in touch with the speed awareness provider to check. You should be able to find contact information on the letter you received. It’s likely that this clerical issue won’t get in the way of you taking the course, but it’s best to check just in case.

      Hope this helps.

      Bethany

  33. Reply

    Joseph

    Hii
    I have a got a letter for speed awarness course and i am holding a provisional license can i still be able to book a course?

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Joseph,

      Yes – provisional licence holders can attend a speed awareness course, provided they’re invited.

      Hope this helps!

      Andy

  34. Reply

    Jason evans

    Hi i passed my test on 27th november and went on motorway for first time on the 22nd in the morning and i think i got flashed. As i have just passed will i be allowed to do the course.. i did say when we learn we should have motorways in our tests. Ill wait your reply

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Jason,

      There’s no requirement that you have to have had your licence for any specific length of time to take a speed awareness course. You should be fine to attend as long as:

      – You haven’t attended a speed awareness course in the past three years
      – You haven’t been convicted of another speeding offence in the past three years
      – Your speed falls within the usual discretionary limits (typically 10% + 2mph – 10% + 9mph).

      I would advise, though, that you don’t get into bad habits so early on after passing!

      Hope this helps!

      Andy

  35. Reply

    Tony

    Excellent information.
    Am I correct in thinking that those who are caught excessively speeding will have no option but to take the points and fine. If so, is it not common sense (which isn’t common!) To place those drivers on the course because it is obvious they need it.

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Tony,

      You’re right that those who go above the discretionary limits won’t be offered a course (the upper end is 10% over the limit + 9mph). I’d definitely agree that it would do some good for those exceeding the limits by so much to take the course too!

      Andy

  36. Reply

    jacki ann lait

    hi i have a friend who has just got 3 speeding tickets on the same day at the same camera will she be allowed to take a speed awareness course she already has 3 points on her license for driving in a bus lane

    1. Reply

      Andy Boardman

      Hi Jacki,

      This would depend if she committed three separate offences on the same day, or received multiple tickets for one offence. If they were separate offences, it seems very unlikely she would be offered a course. If she committed only one speeding offence, though, she should be offered a course, provided her speed was within the discretionary guidelines. This is because her previous offence wasn’t speeding-related.

      Hope this helps.

      Andy

  37. Reply

    Megan

    Hi, my husband already has 3 points from a previous speeding offence in Sept 2017. He just got a NIP through for speeding, for doing 58 in a 50. With him having points and not doing a course before is it possible for him to be offered a course or does him having points already affect that?
    I found the wording very confusing because he hasn’t had a course in the last 3 years.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Megan,

      As your son has committed a speeding offence within the last three years, it’s unlikely that he’ll be offered a speed awareness course.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  38. Reply

    Ron

    Hi, I am a disabled driver and my license was revoked as I had not attended my doctor’s for 2 years and they had no evidence I was fit and well. During the period of my license being revoked and my doctor informing DVLA that I was fit to drive, I received a speeding ticket and have been offered a speed awareness course… My question is: I have my license back now and will the awareness course notice that my license was revoked during the time of penalty? The issue date of my new license us a month after the offence

    Kind regards

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Ron,

      If you’ve already been offered a speed awareness course, then it probably isn’t an issue. It’s unlikely that they would have given you the option if you weren’t eligible.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  39. Reply

    Johnathan

    Hi my wife has been offered a speed awareness course and she has accidentally accepted the points in stead of paying for the course she got all muddled up is there a way she can get the money back and pay for the course

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Johnathan,

      As far as I’m aware, there’s nothing you can do once you’ve accepted the points and fine. To make sure, however, I’d recommend you get in touch with the police, using the contact information provided in your wife’s NIP, to find out if anything can be done.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  40. Reply

    Margaret Jefferies

    My husband recieved a fine just before Christmas ,I quickly paid the fine without realizing you could do an awareness course,is there any way we could do this?I’m really annoyed as I panicked and we we going on holiday
    Thank you.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Margaret,

      As far as I know, once you’ve accepted the fine, you can’t reverse it. To make sure, however, I’d suggest getting in touch with the police, using the contact information provided in your husband’s NIP, to see if they can do anything for you.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  41. Reply

    Lynn Knight

    Hi,
    My Auntie wanted to book onto a speeding awareness course but mistakenly rang the wrong number and ended up paying a fine and accepting the points! Can tbis now be rectified? And if so how best to do so?
    Thank you,
    Kind regards,
    Lynx

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Lynn,

      As far as I’m aware, once you’ve accepted the fine and points, there’s no reversing it. Your best bet is to get in touch with the police, or use the contact information provided in your NIP, to find out if they can do anything for you.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  42. Reply

    Kassam Yaqub

    Hi Bethany

    ive held my license for 1 year and 1 month, was wondering if there is a certain length of time that you have to hold your license for speed awareness course?

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Kassam,

      The length of time you’ve held your licence will not affect your eligibility for a speed awareness course. As long as you’re within a certain speed limit and haven’t committed another speeding offence within the last three years, you stand a chance of being offered one. Bear in mind, however, that if you receive 6 points within your first 2 years of driving, your licence will be revoked. So take extra care when driving!

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

  43. Reply

    Karen Cahill

    Hi Bethany,

    I was recently on leave in the UK over the Christmas period. The motorway was quiet but there was an variable speed limit indicated due to an obstruction in the slow lane. What an idiot I was in the fast lane with no other traffic but I was still caught above the 50. I think I might be offered the course but because I am in the UK and posted abroad (Africa) I don’t imagine I will be able to get the time off to get back to the UK. Is there anything in the regulations to prevent Armed Forces personnel being disadvantaged due to their Service?
    Thank you for your assistance.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Karen,

      Your best bet would be to get in touch with the police, using the details from your NIP, and ask them what your next course of action should be. They might simply urge you to take the points and fine, or they might be able to sort something out for you.

      Hope this helps.

      Bethany

  44. Reply

    Dave

    Hi, I did a speed awareness course a year ago. I have just been caught doing 35mph in a 30mph zone. I have again been offered a speed awareness course. Am I OK to take the course again seeing as it is only a year since I lat did one? I would rather do this than take the points but didn’t expect to be offered one again.

    1. Reply

      Bethany Hall

      Hi Dave,

      Drivers are only allowed to take a speed awareness course if they haven’t already attended one within the last 3 years. As you’ve already taken one last year, it’s likely that your invitation is a fluke. I’d suggest getting in touch with the police or course provider, using the contact information on your NIP, to talk this over with them. You’ll likely have to take the points and fine.

      Hope this helps,

      Bethany

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