Speed Awareness '20' Course
The national Speed Awareness 20 Course allows the Police to give low-end speeding motorists who were detected in a 20mph area, the opportunity to attend a driver re-education course.
This new classroom based course, enables the police to target the newness, ignorance, unawareness and unintentional behaviour that can be reasonably associated with the enforcement of 20mph zones / limits.
A driver who is detected driving at the speed identified as suitable (and who has not previously attended a similar 'Speed Awareness 20 Course' within a 3 year period), will be offered a course as an alternative to paying a Fixed Penalty and receiving penalty points on their driving licence.
The course fee payable is currently £90.00 in Greater Manchester (but may vary throughout the country), for the 3½ hour course. This fee is payable prior to attending. The Course is delivered by specialist Trainers. The course is a combination of listening to information and group discussion.
After attending and successfully completing the course, no further action will be taken for this particular incident. Details of the course completion is recorded and held on a national database. If the driver is involved in another speeding offence in a 20mph area, falling under the same criteria within 3 years of the original offence, a second course will not be offered in lieu of proceedings.
Once a driver has accepted the offer to attend a course but then fails to attend or successfully complete, the case would then be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and ultimately be dealt with by the Magistrates Court.
Please note, as this is a new course, is only currently available in a limited number of areas in the UK.