If you’re caught speeding, you might be offered a Speed Awareness Course as an alternative to receiving penalty points.
The course isn’t offered to everyone. For a start, you must have no previous speeding convictions in the last three years. As the programme is aimed at low-end speeding motorists, your offending speed must be within a certain range. So, if you’re way over the speed limit, you won’t be offered the chance to attend a course.
The course isn’t free and varies from location to location. Typically it’s in the region of £100, that’s the same price as a fixed penalty fine.
Last year over 1.2m drivers went for this option. Did all of these people really want to improve their driving, or were they hoping that not picking up the three points would keep their car insurance lower?