Am I eligible to attend a speed awareness course?
North Yorkshire Police, in association with our approved service provider, recognise the benefits of educating drivers as an alternative to prosecution. We believe educational schemes are a major influence on driver attitudes and behaviour. As part of our overall driver/rider diversion schemes North Yorkshire Police may offer drivers/riders who are caught speeding the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course as an alternative to a fine and penalty points.
You will only be offered a speed awareness course if:
- You have admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence and returned the documentation within the 28 day period calculated from the date the notice was sent to you.
- No more than 12 weeks have elapsed since the date of the alleged offence.
- There were no further offences committed at the time of the alleged offence.
- You have not attended a speed awareness course within the 3 years prior to the current offence.
- You were driving at a speed which qualifies as per the table below
|Speed limit MPH||Speed range MPH|
|30||35 - 42 inclusive|
|40||46 - 53 inclusive|
|50||57 - 64 inclusive|
|60||68 - 75 inclusive|
|70||79 - 86 inclusive|
Please do not request to attend a speed awareness course if your speed does not fit the above criteria. your request will be refused.
How will I be notified if I am eligible for a speed awareness course?
If the speed recorded falls into the table above then upon receipt of your fully completed and signed Section 172 (Driver and Keeper) statement admitting to being the driver of the vehicle at the time and date of the alleged offence, we will carry out a number of checks to determine your eligibility to attend a speed awareness course. If eligible a speed awareness course offer will be sent to you by post. This will give you the option of booking a course or if you do not wish to do so the form also allows you to elect to pay a fixed penalty fine with three penalty points.
Speed Awareness Course details
This is a classroom based course lasting approximately 4 hours at various venues within North Yorkshire at a cost of £85 and does not incur any further fine or penalty points on your licence. It may be possible to book a course in another area closer to your home, however as these are outside of our area the cost of courses may vary - this information will be made available to you once you receive the course offer and booking details. We DO NOT require any payment at this time.
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.
Under what circumstances might I not complete the course?
If you fail to attend, arrive late or display a negative attitude likely to disrupt the course.
Do I have to do any driving?
No, this is a classroom only based course.
Is the course a lecture?
No, 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.