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What is a speed awareness course?

In 2017, nearly 1.2 million drivers chose to attend a speed awareness course over the 3 points penalty. But what is the speed awareness course?

by Jemima Lewis

In 2017, nearly 1.2 million drivers chose to attend a speed awareness course over the 3 points penalty. But what is the speed awareness course?

What is a speed awareness course?

The course is designed to educate drivers who have committed a minor speeding offence, to improve their knowledge and behaviour about how to not reoffend again. The course is run by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS), and typically lasts between 4 to 5 hours, focusing on the theory of not reoffending rather than practical strategies.

What is a minor speeding offence?

To qualify for the course, the driver must have committed a minor speeding offence. This means that the driver must have been driving within a certain speed limit; typically this is +10%+2mph and +10+9mph of the speed limit. For example, if you are in a 30mph zone, the speed must be between 35mph and 42mph to be offered the course. While on a motorway, the speed must be between 79mph and 86mph to be offered the course. Anything above these speeds does not allow qualification for the course.

Where can I take a speed awareness course and how much will it cost me?

The course is operated across the whole of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while Scotland works with NDORS and other course providers. The course’s cost varies between £80 and £100.

Do I have to take the course in the place where I was caught speeding?

The course can be taken anywhere across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and so can be taken anywhere within these locations; not just where the offence took place. While in Scotland, it will need to be confirmed that you do not have to take the course where the offence took place as it works with NDORS and other course providers (depending on the police force).

What happens if I am not offered a speed awareness course?

If you are not offered a place on the speed awareness course, then unfortunately you do not qualify and will have to take the £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. The decision as to whether you qualify or not is down to one of the police chief constables for the area in which the offence took place.

What if I am caught speeding again?

Once you have successfully completed the whole of the course the case of your speeding is deemed shut. This means that if you reoffend, you will not gain any points from your first speeding fine. Once you have completed the course, your details are entered into a national database. Therefore, if you are caught committing the same type of offence within three years after committing the first offence you will be forced to take the points and the fine.

Jemima Lewis

Hi I’m Jemima! Veygo’s new intern! Since passing my driving test I drive everywhere and love the freedom it gives me!

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