Speed Awareness Course
What is a speed awareness course and why have I been offered the opportunity to attend?
The speed awareness course is an educational presentation that lasts approximately four hours. The workshop takes place in a classroom based scenario with up to 23 other motorists. The speed awareness course does not involve any type of test.
You have been offered the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course because you were recorded driving above the legal speed limit. Although we do have the power to prosecute those who break the speed limit, we would rather persuade drivers to slow down. We would prefer you to change your driving behaviour in relation to speed before you become subject to a prosecution or consequences for yourself, or others, which may be even more dire. Speed awareness courses are offered for offences committed at the lower end of the enforcement bandwidth in order to influence driver attitude and behaviour.
Am I eligible for a Speed Awareness or "Whats Driving Us" course?
A place on a Driver Behaviour Course may be offered to those who have committed lower level speeding offences (see thresholds below) or some other minor traffic offences, as an alternative to receiving a conditional offer / fixed penalty. High speed offences and drivers who have already completed a Speed Awareness Course or "What Driving Us" course in the last 3 years, will not be eligible to take another course of the same kind. A driver cannot request to attend a Driver Behavour Course.
Speed Limit (MPH)
Speed Range (MPH)
35 - 42 inclusive
46 - 53 inclusive
57 - 64 inclusive
68 - 75 inclusive
79 - 86 inclusive
How much does it cost to attend the course?
The cost of attending a course will vary dependant on the course, but is usually less than the cost of the fine of the associated offence.
Why should I choose to attend this course rather than paying a fine and accepting points on my driving licence?
The idea behind speed awareness courses is the belief that if a person's behaviour can be changed, then this is more likely to prevent them from re-offending than paying a fine and receiving points on their licence. The Police do not record this offence as a conviction.
What happens if I book a speed awareness course but am then unable to attend?
If you book a course but are then unable to attend you should inform the course provider as soon as possible as they may be able to rearrange the date of your course booking. If you do not attend the course you may receive a Conditional Offer Fixed Penalty with a fine and points on your driving licence for your speeding offence or be required to attend court.
Both attendance on a speed awareness course and a conditional offer Fixed Penalty notice are subject to judicial time restraints and cannot be offered after four months from the date of your offence has passed.
What happens if I arrive late for my course?
Please make sure that you leave in plenty of time and try to arrive early on the day of your course. If you are late it is likely that you will not be allowed to join the class and will forfeit your place.
Attendance on a speed awareness course and a conditional offer Fixed Penalty notice are both subject to judicial time restraints and cannot be offered after five months from the date of your offence has passed.
If I’m recorded driving over the speed limit again will I be able to go on another course?
Drivers are only able to attend a speed awareness course once every three years. If you are recorded speeding again you will only be eligible to attend a further course if more than three years has elapsed since the date of your previous course.
Do I need to take my driving licence or any other photo ID with me?
When attending the course you will be required to produce photographic ID such as your passport or driving licence.
If I have any questions about the course who should I contact?
Speed awareness courses in South Yorkshire are run by TTC Group. You can contact them directly on 0330 024 1805.
All enquiries relating to the speed awareness course should be directed only to TTC and not the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership.
Click here for the NDORS National Speed Awareness Course Guidance produced by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).