Speed Awareness Course

Speed, or the inappropriate use of speed, is a factor in a significant percentage of road traffic incidents (20% of all fatal collisions). The greater the speed involved the more serious the incident is likely to be.

The course is an alternative to prosecution, for all speed bands and classes of vehicle speeds except 20mph zones. Previous driving history will not be taken into account when making an offer. The objective is that the offender benefits from the course and contributes to road and community safety.

The course is no soft option for the offender. Attendance on the course attracts a fee payable by the offender, as well as the time and effort involved. The course will cater for all classes of drivers and there will be no discrimination regarding age, ability, language, ethnic origin or ability.

Once a motorist has completed a course, they will be ineligible for another course offer if they reoffend within three years of the original offence.

The course currently costs £85.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important: Please read the following guidance notes carefully.

In Cheshire, the courses are delivered by experienced advanced driving instructors. There is no police involvement.

Where will the course be held?

All courses are held at:

The Heath Business & Technical Park Conference Centre,
Runcorn,
Cheshire
WA7 4QX
The Heath Business & Technical Conference Centre

Or

The Ramada Encore,
Crewe Business Park,
Electra Way,
Crewe,
CW1 6BD
The Ramada Encore

The course is designed to explore why drivers have exceeded the speed limit and to provide guidance to prevent recurrence.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to identify:

  • What causes drivers to speed
  • The disadvantages of speeding
  • The consequences of misusing speed.

All courses are held at:

The Heath Business & Technical Park Conference Centre,
Verdin Exchange,
Runcorn,
Cheshire
WA7 4QX

The Heath Business & Technical Conference Centre

Or

Mercure Woodhey House Hotel,
Berwick Road West,
Welsh Road,
Little Sutton,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire
CH66 4PS

Or

Cottons Hotel
Manchester Road
Knutsford
WA16 0SU

Cottons Hotel

No. The course is a classroom based theory only course.

No. However, you will be expected to make a positive contribution to the course.

We will write to you with full details of the course including the booking arrangements.

If you have not received the relevant documentation within ten days of returning your application, please contact this office on 01606 364072.

As part of the course booking process, you will be given the opportunity to choose the most convenient date from the courses available. However, it should be noted that you will have to complete the course within four months from the date of the offence.

Failure to do so will render the offer invalid and the matter will be referred back to the officer in the case to consider summons proceedings.

The course lasts approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes, including registration and breaks.

Yes, the scheme operates in most Force areas. Please visit the driver improvement website

You will be asked prior to attending the course if you have any special needs. We will cater for most needs with the exception of an interpreter. In this instance, you will be expected to bring your own.

Payment must be made in full when booking a course date.

Failure to do so will render the offer invalid and the matter will be referred back to the officer in the case to consider summons proceedings.

You will be required to produce a valid photo card and paper counterpart driving licence at the start of the course.

If you do not hold a photo card style driving licence, you will need to provide your passport or other suitable photo identification (e.g. work ID card, student card) in addition to your paper licence.

Failure to do so will disqualify you from participating on the course and the matter will be referred to the officer in the case to consider summons proceedings.

No. If you accept the offer and successfully complete the course, the police will not take any further action in respect of this matter.

Time Limit

Your course must be completed within four months of the offence date. If you are unable to complete the course in this time, the offer of a course will be withdrawn and the matter returned to the issuing officer for court proceedings.

Course Fees and bookings

The course fee must be paid in full at the time of booking.

If you have any special requirements you must contact the Central Ticket Office on 01606 364072/364191. Failure to provide this information at the time of booking may mean that your needs cannot be met. The Constabulary will aim to accommodate most needs with the exception of an interpreter. If you have difficulty understanding English you will need to inform the Central Ticket Office and bring an interpreter with you. The interpreter must be aged 16 or over.

For client confidentiality reasons, only the named person attending the course will be permitted into the course training room .The exceptions to this are clients accompanied by an interpreter or signer. We have no facilities to accommodate children or dependent adults.

It is your responsibility to meet any expenses or loss associated with attending this course, including travel, child care, dependent person’s provision and any loss of earnings or leave entitlement.

All mobile communication devices must be switched off during the delivery of the course.

Identification

You will be required to produce a valid photocard and paper counterpart driving licence at the start of the course.

For personal or religious reasons, the wearing of a head dress or item of clothing that covers the face will be permitted. However, the removal or adjustment of the garment may be requested, to confirm the identity of the attendee, prior to the commencement of the course.

Failure to attend

If you are unable to attend or complete a course due to illness, the course fee will be refunded upon receipt of a Doctor’s note (MED3) with an original signature.

If you are unable to attend/complete for any other reason you must contact the Central Ticket Office on the telephone number above to discuss your requirements. Any changes made within seven days of your course date will attract an administrative charge.

If you arrive late or fail to produce suitable photographic identification as detailed above you will be refused admission and your full course fee will NOT be refunded. It may be possible to offer you an alternative course date (providing there is sufficient time within the four month deadline). However, you will be required to pay an administrative charge at the time of re-booking.

Non completion

To satisfactorily complete you must attend the whole course, and make a positive contribution. If you leave the course early or fail to attend any parts, you will not have completed the course. In such circumstances, your file will then be referred back to the issuing officer to commence court proceedings. No refund of the original course fee will be made and no further course will be offered. You must be in a fit state to fully participate and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are found to be unfit to participate, you will be asked to leave and your file will then be referred to the issuing officer to commence court proceedings. No refund of the original course fee will be made and no further course will be offered.

Disruptive, uncooperative and unacceptable behaviour including abusive or foul language, either to other attendees or course presenters, will not be tolerated. In such circumstances, you will be asked to leave the course and your file will then be referred back to the issuing officer to commence court proceedings. No refund of the original course fee will be made and no further course will be offered.

Course cancellation If your course is cancelled at short notice (including on the day), due to unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather, you will be offered an alternative date within the four months from the date of your offence. Any costs or loss of earnings or leave entitlement associated with the cancelled course or attending the re-arranged course will be your responsibility.