Speed Awareness Courses

They were introduced in 2006, but have they been effective in the proceeding years?

The National Speed Awareness Courses (NSAC) scheme, which was first introduced in the UK during 2006, enables low-end speeding motorists to re-educate themselves to help avoid receiving any further penalties in the future.

The course allows each individual to re-evaluate their driving behaviour and pick up additional advice, which should help to reduce the chances of further speeding offences being committed.
However, should the individual commit another speed offence within a 3 year period of the first offence, they are highly likely to be processed through the Criminal Justice System with penalty points and a fixed fine being received, although no further action will be taken in regards to the first offence that was previously committed.

It has to be noted though that an individual can only attend one course within a three year period, which is why a secondary offence is likely to lead to greater punishments being received.
Who Is Eligible for the Course?
You be will be allowed to take the Speed Awareness Course if you have been caught driving over 10% plus 2mph of the speed limit but below 10% plus 9mph. For example, this means that if you are caught driving between 35mph-42mph within a 30mph zone then you will be eligible for the course.

Alternatively, being caught driving between 79mph-86mph within a 70 zone will result in the course being available to you, as long as it is your first offence within a three year period.

How Many People Take the Course?
According to Government statistics, 1,195,356 drivers opted to complete a Speed Awareness Course during 2017, which meant that they did not receive any penalty points, or pay a fixed fine.

Since 2010, the following number of drivers opted to take part in a National Speed Awareness Course :
2010: 447,724
2011: 772,430
2012: 926,101
2013: 953,432
2014: 1,185,860
2015: 1,207,570
2016: 1,188,961
2017: 1,195,356

How Much Does the Course Cost?
Many people might think that taking the Speed Awareness Course will get them out of paying a fixed fine and, although this is the case, they are still required to pay for the cost of the course, which is usually around £100.00.

In truth though, when given the choice of paying a fixed fine and receiving points on your driving licence, the majority of offenders still opt to pay for attending the Speed Awareness Course, which is why over 1 million people take the course each year.

Speed Awareness Courses and Your Car Insurance:
Take note though, because choosing to take part in the Speed Awareness Course is certainly not the only consequence of committing a speed offence, as your insurance company will have been informed of the fact that you have broken the Road Traffic Act, and you know what that means.

That’s right, a rise in your insurance premium.

Positively though, the increase is likely to be smaller than if you had received a fine and points, although there is currently no set rule in place for insurance companies to follow once a driver has attended. This means that the premium penalty that one driver receives is most likely to differ to another.

So, to conclude, how do you book onto a speed awareness course? Simply visit https://offer.ndors.org.uk and fill out your correct details.
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