The National Speed Awareness Course – a scheme aimed at first-time offenders, or those just over the limit
If you get pulled up for speeding in the UK these days, you might find yourself being given the opportunity to dodge the fine and/or points on your licence, in favour of a National Speed Awareness Course.
However, for those of you caught speeding for the umpteenth time, or over the limit by a significant amount, the option of a course probably won’t be offered to you, just another big fine and more points on the licence. For first-time offenders however, or those just a couple of mph over the limit, an awareness course will more than likely be offered as an option.
Regarded by many speeding offenders as another tax cost for the honest motorists, these educational awareness courses aren’t exactly looked upon in a loving way by many drivers, who also describe them as patronising and a waste of time.
Having said that, some drivers who’ve actually opted for and completed one of the courses, have been quite surprised by how much they have learnt from attending one.
A speed awareness course normally lasts for about four hours and there are locations throughout the UK. They’re not in any way a test, so there’ no pass or fail involved; all you have to do is make sure you turn up and listen to the advice on offer.
If you get caught speeding and an awareness course is offered to you, you normally have to reply to a letter of notification within 14 days to confirm your acceptance.
If you decline the course, you will immediately revert back to points on your licence and a fixed penalty fine, or you maybe asked to attend court.
For those of you who accept the course, you can then go online to book, where you can choose the best time and location to suit you.
The course itself is generally the same at each location and entails sitting in a room, usually in a group of around 12 other offenders, listening to an instructor at the front of the room, who will use visual aids and video clips to hopefully get across to everyone the dangers and consequences of speeding.
A number of topics will be discussed, such as driver responsibility, the benefits of speed limits and the impact of speeding on other drivers, just to mention a few. Everyone attending also gets the chance to join in with the discussions.
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