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Attend a Speed Awareness Course, Become a Safer Driver, Save Three Points on Your Licence

A Speed Awareness Course is an alternative to the fixed penalty process, being fined and getting three penalty points on your licence, when your speed has been recorded marginally above the limit.

What does this course mean?

You complete a course and pay a fee, which differs depending on where in the country you opt to complete your course.  The course is aimed to re-educate people to become safer drivers and hopefully avoid exceeding the speed limit in the future.  You will not have to pay the £100 fixed penalty or more importantly not receive the 3 penalty points on your driving licence.


Why do three points matter?

Your insurance company will need to be notified if you get points on your licence. This can often increase your insurance premium for up to three years.

The points count on your licence for three years and stay on for four years. If you get 12 points on your licence in three years, you normally lose your licence for up to six months.

By completing the Speed Awareness Course you not only avoid three points, you also have the chance to gain the skills to avoid more points in future!

New Drivers should also note if in the first 2 years of passing your test you accumulate 6 penalty points on your driving licence it will be revoked by the DVLA.  The DVLA will notify you and you must apply for a new provisional, drive as a learner and pass both the theory and practical tests again in order to regain a full licence.  You will have no driving entitlement until a provisional licence is issued.

What do I need to do to see if I am eligible for a course?

  • Complete and sign Part 1 of the Notice of Intended Prosecution Section 172 Notice and return to the Central Ticket Office, PO Box 426, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 9HH.
  • You MUST include your driving licence number so your eligibility for a course can be checked based on 2 factors:   

    • the speed is within the Speed Awareness threshold    
    • you have not completed a course for a previous speeding offence dated within the last 3 years
  • Do not send any payment at this stage
  • Do not send your driving licence
  • If you are eligible the Central Ticket Office will send you a Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty containing the offer of a Driver Retraining Course with a full list of Course Providers(Your course must be booked within 28 days of the date of this correspondence and completed within 4 months of the offence date).


A Course and NO penalty points sounds good, are there any drawbacks?

You will have to give up some of your time to complete the course and you also have to pay for the course.  By doing this you will not receive any penalty points on your driving Licence.

When and where are the courses held?

Due to the current situation there are currently no classroom courses available.  Virtual classroom courses are now available in place of the classroom courses. As these course are non-geographical they can be booked with any of the Speed Awareness Course providers.

Will there be a test? Can I fail?

There is no test to pass, but you are required to "complete the course in a satisfactory way." This means you must make a positive contribution to the course by participating fully.

What we expect from you?

Satisfactory completion of the course, which means:

• Attending all session • Completing all course paperwork • Demonstrating a positive attitude to road safety

If you, do not manage all these requirements, you will be considered to have not completed the course in a satisfactory way and the fine and points will be imposed.

Can I pay a bit at a time?

We would advise checking with your chosen provider.

Do I have to do the course?

No, this is entirely up to you. If you decide not to accept the offer of the course you still have the option of complying with the Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty within the statutory 28 days.


Is the course a lecture?

Absolutely not. It is a chance to look at some habits that you might have developed, discuss them with others in a relaxed atmosphere and to explore some good driving tips with an experienced trainer.

Who do I contact for further information about Speed Awareness Courses?

If you have any queries or questions not covered on this website, please contact: 

What some people have said after being on a Speed Awareness Course:

"An excellent course, has really made me think about the need to keep to speed limits".

"I thought I was going to be lectured to. The course leaders were really friendly and professional. So glad I didn't take the penalty points and the fine".

"I'm much better now at recognising different speed limit areas".

"Has given me so much more confidence with my driving, especially with reading the road ahead and avoiding potentially dangerous situations".

"It was nothing like I expected, it was an enjoyable and informative course". "An excellent opportunity to refresh ones driving, I would recommend it to everyone".

"Really didn't want to come, so glad I did".