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The National Speed Awareness Scheme has been operating for a few years now. The programme operates throughout various counties in the UK and has so far proven itself to be a useful tool used by the authorities to help people combat their speeding issues. To prevent speeding, or try and reduce the problem the government first brought out speed cameras in the mid 1990's and then followed up with the introduction of the mandatory speed awareness course in 2000/01. At the time you had to attend a course in the location where you were caught speeding. So, if you were on holiday miles away from home this became very incovenient. Nowadays, courses are available near to where you live which makes it easier to attend.

The idea behind the Speed Awareness Scheme is to alter motorists perception of inappropriate speeding by discussing the dangers and consequences of being over enthusiastic on the accelerator pedal. The programme consists of various assessments, which help motorists gain a fuller understanding of potential driving hazards relating to speeding that could have a direct affect on other motorists, passengers, pedestrians or themselves.

Premiums for speed awareness

The Speed Awareness Scheme is operated mainly by AA Drivetech. The course lasts around four to five hours and costs approximately £95.00 depending upon the location of your offence. This non-refundable fee is payable by the speeding offender and there is no escaping attendance. Programme times are strict, should you be late you will be refused entry. Should you fail to attend, your case will be returned back to the police.

Signing up is easy, check out the National Driver Offender Retaining Scheme here. You will need to produce a valid driving licence to sign up, and you must read the terms and conditions and accept them. Furthermore, when attending the course you must provide identification such as your driving licence, or passport.

On most occasions of a driving offence, most motorists have no idea they were speeding at the time. They are often surprised to receive a penalty notice come through their door. Once a speeding offence has been committed, more often than not, they will be offered an opportunity to attend a Speed Awareness Scheme in your area or face penalty points. As mentioned, the course is an alternative endorsement to the usual fine and points on a licence.

All courses throughout the UK have no age-related discrimination or educational inabilities, language prejudices, ethnic origin indifferences etc. You can book courses simply over the phone, sending in your form by letter, or quite commonly nowadays just book online.

If there are no spaces available within the course deadline, please be warned the case will get sent back to the police.

Motorists can only attend one course per three-year period. Should you commit further speeding offences after attending the programme, the police may have every right to then prosecute you. However, it has been known for people to attend a course more than once.

The classroom environments are not designed to be offensive, reprimanding or ridiculing. Fun is injected into the programme, but with a stance of seriousness for motorists to learn. Nobody will leave the programme with the feeling that it was a waste of time. Better still, there are no Brownie points, passes or failures, it is designed to give every participant an opportunity to gain understanding and be re-educated. The course believes greatly in education, education, education!

Each classroom consists of a wide range of driver age groups with roughly twenty-five people in attendance. The training session is in no way boring and everyone has the opportunity to contribute their part. The course is usually modules and/or theory-based learning depending upon your location. Additionally, there may be practical sessions, which can extend the course to five hours of learning.

On the course you may be given a voting counter similar to the audience on the TV programme 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?' This enables you to watch a seen on a TV, or answer a question on speeding and then vote your answer, usually a, b, c or d.

Another practical lesson given on the course is hazard perception. This is where you all get to watch a video of a vehicle travelling down the road and are asked to note potential hazards that may arise. These could be cars pulling out from a parking space, pedestrians crossing the road, road works etc..

Consequence of getting caught for Speeding

The main reasons are pretty obvious however, here is a fuller list:

Loss of License
Fine
Points on License
Insurance Premiums Increase
Inconvenience
Loss of Job
Imprisonment
Loss of Life

Have you ever been on a speeding course? If so, please tell us what you thought of it. Do you think every driver should attend a course even if they haven't had a speeding offence.

Also, Do you think your speeding offence was fair? if not, then why?