Speed Awareness Courses
What You Need to Know
- If you are caught speeding you can choose to attend driving school instead of taking three points on your license.
- The initiative is aimed at those caught speeding just above the limit and will only be open to people caught breaking the speed limit by 10% + 9mph or less.
- The day long course costs £90, however it does allow you avoid the normal £60 fixed penalty.
- Studies have shown the course to lead to drivers reducing their speed in future, whereas fixed penalties have been shown to have no impact on motoring habits.
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- Drivers will not be permitted to take the course more than once in a three year period.
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Speeding motorists can now go back to driving school and take a speed awareness course as an alternative to having points on their licence. The courses are part of a government initiative to improve the driving of those motorists caught fractionally over the speed limit – particularly in urban areas.
Only drivers caught doing less than 10% over the limit + 9mph. They will pay about £90 for the one-day course instead of the normal £60 fixed penalty, but they will avoid having any points added to their licences.
All those caught going well over the limit will continue to be
The course aims to make motorists into safer drivers. A study by Staffordshire University of the course run in Lancashire found that issuing a penalty notice had no impact on driving habits but attending the course resulted in a 5mph reduction in average speed.
Lessons include using driving simulators to improve a person’s ability to spot hazards and judge speed, and useful tips on how to avoid speeding in the future, such as selecting third gear in a 30mph limit, and also saying the speed limit aloud as the driver passes the sign to fix it in the mind.
Drivers will also be forced to confront the potentially fatal consequences of going too fast.
Increasingly, courses are available all over the country so, for example, a motorist caught
A national register will be kept of those taking the courses and motorists will be allowed to take only one every three years.
Home Office figures this week showed that 1.9 million motorists received penalty points for camera offences in 2003. Some 33,000 lost their licences under the 'totting up' system – a rise of 10 per cent.
- Aside form fines, speeding can also cost you in insurance premiums. Find out how much you can save by driving safely on our car insurance page.
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- You can find out more about penalty points from the DVLA.