At Caddick Davies Solicitors we have successfully represented many motorists to persuade the police to offer a choice of Speed Awareness and Driver Improvement Courses as the alternative to a Fixed Penalty Notice or formal prosecution before a Magistrates’ Court.
As an alternative to prosecution drivers may be offered a driver retraining course. These courses can be offered for a wide range of offences, but most commonly include:
- Driving without due care and attention (careless driving)
- Using a mobile phone
- Red traffic light/Road sign offences
- Not wearing a seat belt
Courses usually last between 1/2 and 1 day and cost between £70 and £120.00.
The great benefit to the motorist is that if you attend a speed awareness or driver improvement course you will not receive any penalty points (an endorsement) on your driving licence or a fine.
It is at the discretion of the police as to whether they offer a speed awareness or driver improvement course, and different police forces offer different courses for different offences. The police should however, follow issued guidance by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and should offer a motorist the chance to attend a course if they satisfy the relevant criteria.
It should be remembered that whilst these schemes do not impose any criminal penalty they are effectively a punishment and should only be offered to a motorist where the police have evidence that an offence has been committed and a motorist should not agree to attend on a course unless they accept that they have committed the offence.
If you have not been offered a speed awareness or driver improvement course and believe that you should have been or have been offered one of these courses and don’t believe that you have done anything wrong, then please contact us for advice and a no obligation consultation on how we can help.
Below you will find helpful information on Speed Awareness and Driver Improvement Course Law, How We Can Help and answer to your Commonly Asked Questions.