Read this guide to prevent getting points on your driver’s licence and save the day by taking the speed awareness course.
Due to the ever-increasing speed cameras, most drivers are breaking the record of keeping a clean driver’s licence. Whether it’s a short leap in concentration while driving on the roads, the points might take a toll on your licence regardless of such a minor offence. Read further to find out if you are eligible for a speed awareness course which is nothing but an awareness of the potential dangers caused by breaking the speed limit.
You can also learn about the speed cameras in the UK to stay aware and prevent unwanted charges.
Am I eligible for the speed awareness course?
If you break the speed limit or are caught speeding on the roads, you’ll receive a letter to inform you about the possible consequences. The letter will advent your side by offering you three options.
- Pay the fine and take the points.
- Settle the matter in court.
- Take a speed awareness course with reduced penalty charges and zero offence points.
The best decision to make is to choose the third option if you break the speed in the limit between 10% plus two mph—up to 10% plus nine mph & so on.
|Speed Limit||Above Limit for Speed Awareness Course Eligibility|
|30mph||35mph – 42mph|
|40mph||46mph – 53mph|
|50mph||57mph – 64mph|
|60mph||68mph – 75mph|
|70mph||79mph – 86mph|
How often can I take the speed awareness course?
Now, you can apply for a speed awareness course once every three years, which means that if you commit another speeding offence in that period, you will be automatically charged with a fine and points on your licence.
Unfortunately, not every driver is offered to take the speed awareness course partly because there are limited police officers who subscribe to such practice.
What is the cost of the speed awareness test?
Different police forces use different types of organisations to provide the speed awareness course, and each of them charges a different amount, The typical cost of the speed awareness test is around £100.
The estimated cost for taking the speed awareness course can vary between different organisations. Though typically, it can cost you around £100, which is equivalent to the standard fixed penalty notice but with the advantage of zero licence points. Providers can also let the driver pay the cost in instalments.
You can also book the speed awareness course which Uk’s police force has offered, or you can click here to book an online virtual course regardless of your location or choose a course provider to help you book online.
The below list will help you find the course providers with estimated costs required to pay according to the force area. Please note: the prices shown below are subject to change and should not be considered before contacting the provider.
|Task Force Area||Course Provider||Course Fee||Booking Telephone|
|AVON AND SOMERSET||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|BEDFORDSHIRE||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|CUMBRIA||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|CAMBRIDGESHIRE||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|CLEVELAND||Hartlepool Borough Council||£72.99||01429 523 803|
|CHESHIRE||Cheshire||£84.99||01606 363 700|
|DEVON AND CORNWALL||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|DERBYSHIRE||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|DYFED-POWYS||Dyfed-Powys||£91.99||01267 226 479|
|DURHAM||Hartlepool Borough Council||£72.99||01429 523 803|
|ESSEX||Safer Essex Roads Partnership||£98.99||01277 636 675|
|GWENT||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|GLOUCESTERSHIRE||Driver Education Gloucestershire||£84.99||01452 754 562|
|HUMBERSIDE||Safer Roads Humber||£94.99||01482 399 065|
|HERTFORDSHIRE||Hertfordshire County Council||£89.99||0300 123 4035|
|HAMPSHIRE||Hampshire Police||£84.99||0238 047 8700|
|KENT COUNTY||Kent County Council||£91.99||03000 418282|
|LINCOLNSHIRE||Lincolnshire County Council||£89.99||01522 782 068|
|LEICESTERSHIRE||Leicestershire County Council||£90.99||0116 305 8787|
|LANCASHIRE||Lancashire||£86.99||01772 410 950|
|LONDON||DriveTech||£92.99||0344 264 6323|
|MERSEYSIDE||DriveTech||£78.99||0344 264 6323|
|MANCHESTER||DriveSafe||£98.99||0300 123 1518|
|NOTTINGHAMSHIRE||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|NORTHUMBRIA||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|NORTH YORKSHIRE||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|NORTHERN IRELAND||DriveTech||£83.99||0344 264 6323|
|NORTHAMPTONSHIRE||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|NORTH WALES||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|NORFOLK||Norfolk County Council||£89.99||01603 638 136|
|SOUTH YORKSHIRE||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|SOUTH WALES||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|WEST YORKSHIRE||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|SUSSEX||West Sussex County Council||£89.99||0330 222 8999|
|SURREY||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|SUFFOLK||Suffolk County Council||£98.99||0345 606 6043|
|THAMES VALLEY||DriveTech||£88.99||0344 264 6323|
|WARWICKSHIRE||Warwickshire County Council||£82.99||01926 412 990|
|WEST MERCIA||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|STAFFORDSHIRE||Staffordshire County Council||£84.99||0300 111 8012|
|WEST MIDLANDS||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
|WILTSHIRE||TTC||£87.99||0330 024 1805|
Can a speed awareness course affect your vehicle / HGV insurance?
A short answer to such a question is yes. While the offence convictions must be proclaimed in your insurance company records, it’s up to your insurer to ask whether you’ve taken a speed awareness course. Although many online comparison sites may not require this information, if you do get asked while taking out the cover, your answers should be honest and truthful or else you’ll risk invalidating your policy.