Safer roads by educating drivers
National specialists in driver education

 

Speed Awareness FAQS

Course Overview

Arrow

What is a Speed Awareness Workshop?

It is a half-day theory based workshop designed to help you recognise speed limits, address the reasons for speeding and give you information to help you reduce the likelihood of speeding in the future. Completing the workshop means that you will not have to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice and you will not get penalty points on your licence. 

What are the benefits of attending a Speed Awareness Workshop?

The main benefits of attending a Workshop are that you will gain up to date information relating to Speed Awareness that can help you to contribute to safer communities and you will not receive the penalty points on your licence.

“More than eight out of ten people, when offered the option, choose to attend a speed awareness course”

What is involved in attending the course?

What is expected of me on the course?

All that is involved in attending the course is for you to attend, on time with your Valid Driving Licence and complete the course in a ‘satisfactory’ way.

Satisfactory completion of the workshop means:

  • Attending the whole 4 hour session
  • Display a positive attitude to road safety
  • Participate in group discussions to the best of your ability and pay attention to the information that is being provided

Not completing the course in a ‘satisfactory’ way would mean that your case would be reverted to the police which, depending on the police force would mean that either you would receive the Fixed Penalty (penalty points and a fine) or you would have to attend court proceedings.

Not completing the course in a ‘satisfactory’ way would include (but is not exclusive to):

  • Leaving before the course has finished (no matter how far into the course that is!)
  • Not showing a willingness to participate
  • Disrupting the course and/or being rude to other members of the group or the trainer

Who will be at the course?

How many people are on the course?

Do the police run the course?

There are up to 24 people on each course and 2 course trainers. The people attending are of all ages and driving experiences. It is a relaxed setting for you to assess your driving behaviour and gain tips to reduce the likelihood of speeding in the future.

No, the courses are run by registered FA course providers, which are private companies or Local Authorities contracted by the police but not part of the police.

How long are the Speed Awareness Workshops?

The Speed Awareness Workshop is 4 hours long, a morning, afternoon or evening (contact TTC 2000 or other course providers for specific dates and times)

How often are the Speed Awareness Workshops?

Speed Awareness Workshops are held throughout the week and on the weekends all across England and Wales. You can attend the workshop in any area that runs a national scheme so you do not have to go back to where your offence took place. For further information on venues and course dates contact TTC 2000 (details are below). Course prices vary depending on the area, again for more information contact TTC 2000. You can also visit the national Police database that has information of all national course areas and providers at https://dors.police.uk

Will there be a test?

Can I fail the course?

There is no test; it is theory only with no driving involved. However, you are required to ‘complete the workshop in a satisfactory way’. This means you must make a positive contribution to the workshop by participating fully and displaying a positive attitude to road safety.

For further information on ‘completing the workshop in a satisfactory way’ see ‘What is expected of me on the course?’

No, if you complete the course in a satisfactory way you cannot fail.

Is there any driving involved?

Do I have to bring my car?

Do I have to bring my driving licence?

No, it is a theory-only, classroom-based workshop. There is no driving involved on the course. You do not have to bring your car, if you would rather get a lift to the venue or use public transport (or walk) that is entirely up to you.

Yes! It will be a requirement for you to produce a valid driving licence on attending the course.

If you do not have a photo card driving licence you will be required to produce your paper licence (Not the counterpart) together with two other forms of identification.

If you do not have your valid driving licence in any form you can attend with two other forms of identification listed below.

Acceptable forms of I.D (2 of these will be required)

- Valid Passport
- Recent Utility Bill (Gas,Electric)
- Bank Statement
- Debit/Credit Card

If you fail to arrive with the correct identification you will be refused entry to the course and providing you have sufficient time within your completion date, you will be required to rearrange the course which will incure a rearrangement fee as explained in our Terms and Conditions.

 

Is the Speed Awareness Workshop a lecture?

No, it is an interactive workshop with group work, discussions and some visual aids. The aim is for you to be able to examine your driving behaviour and discuss this with others in a relaxed atmosphere and to gain some good driving tips with an experienced trainer.

Can I opt to attend a Speed Awareness Workshop if I have not received an offer from the police?

No, you can only attend a Speed Awareness Workshop if you have received the offer from the police following an alleged speeding offence.

However, there are other courses available Click here to view

Booking and Re-booking

Arrow

How do I book onto a Speed Awareness Workshop?

All stages, from first letter from police

Firstly, you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution from the police force in the area that you have committed the offence. In order to accept the offer of a course you must fill in the relevant section accepting the offer of a course and return the form to the police.

You can then book onto a course either by telephoning TTC 2000 and booking over the telephone or visiting the TTC 2000 website www.ttc-uk.com and booking a course on-line. (If you wish to book a course in an area that is not run by TTC 2000 you will need to contact them directly).

You will then be sent a booking confirmation letter/email with details (time, date and venue) of the course you are booked on and a map and directions to the course venue. If you have not received a booking confirmation within 7days of making the booking then contact TTC 2000.

Where and when can I attend a Speed Awareness Workshop?

Speed Awareness Workshops are held throughout the week and on the weekends all across England and Wales. You can attend the workshop in any area that runs a national scheme so you do not have to go back to where your offence took place. For further information on venues and course dates contact TTC 2000. Course prices vary depending on the area, again for more information contact TTC 2000. You can also visit the national Police database that has information of all national course areas and providers at https://dors.police.uk

How much does the course cost?

Can I pay in instalments?

Are there any concessions?

The cost of the course varies across the country and is different for each police force that commissions the course. For a full list of national Speed Awareness Course, areas and providers please see http://dors.police.uk. For individual course fees, please contact the relevant course provider.

Yes, you can pay in two stages but you must have paid the full amount at least two weeks before the course date.

No, you have been offered the course as an alternative to the Fixed Penalty (for which there are no concessions) because you have committed an offence. Therefore, the price is the same for everyone on the course that they are attending. However, you can pay for the course in two instalments as long as the full fee is paid two weeks before your course date.

Can I do a course nearer home?

Yes, you can attend a course in any area that runs courses that are part of the national scheme even if it is not where your offence was committed. For a full list of areas and providers please see the Police’s national database on-line at https://dors.police.uk

If I book a course outside the area that I committed the offence, do I need to tell the police?

No, the police and course providers’ databases are linked. If you complete a course in another area the police will be informed automatically.

Can I do a course at the weekend/during the evening?

Yes, TTC 2000 runs courses on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and during the evenings at most course venues. For specific days, times and venues please contact TTC 2000.

Can I change the date/time/venue of my course once I have booked?

Yes, you can change the time, date and venue of the course once you have booked. However, there is a charge incurred for changing your booking (see below) which is outlined in the terms and conditions:

  • 10 working days of your original booking = Free Of Charge
  • From 11 working days after your booking but 8 working days before your course date = £25.00 administration fee
  • 7 working days before your course, up to and including the course date = £45 rearrangement fee
  • Changing on the day of the course or missing the course and it is the £45 rearrangement fee

What happens if I cannot attend the course I am booked on?

If you are unable to attend the course date that you have booked you should contact the course provider at the earliest opportunity and they will try to book you onto an alternative course provided there is time within the deadline set by the police. There may be a fee incurred for rebooking. Please see ‘Re-booking charges’ on our Terms and Conditions. Places on courses are limited and reserved on a first come first served basis.

If you find that you are unable to attend on the day of course please contact the course provider as soon as possible. If this is due to illness you can re-book onto another course for a fee of £45 which will be reimbursed once medical proof is provided from your GP, Self Certificates are not accepted. (If there are other extenuating circumstances it may be possible to reimburse the rearrangement fee; this is down to the discretion of the course provider and will require proof.)

However, in the event of you being unable to complete or attend a course for another reason and you wish to re-book onto another course it will incur the £45 rearrangement fee. Every effort will be made to offer an alternative date provided there is sufficient availability and time within the deadline set by the police. If you are unable to book onto another date £45 will be retained from your original course fee for administration purposes.

Failing to attend and complete the course would mean that your case would be reverted to the police, which, depending on the police force would mean that either you would receive the Fixed Penalty (penalty points and a fine) or you would have to attend court proceedings.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

In the event of TTC 2000 being unable to deliver your Speed Awareness Course due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we will reschedule your Speed Awareness Course as soon as possible free of charge.

What do I have to do once I have attended the course?

Nothing, once you have attended and completed the course the course provider will update their systems to state that you have attended and completed. This will also update the national police database and no further action will be taken.

You will not receive confirmation of attendance and completion; however, if you do require this for your records it can be requested by contacting TTC 2000 once you have completed the course.

At the course

Arrow

Do I have to bring anything to the course?

Yes! It will be a requirement for you to produce a valid driving licence on attending the course.

If you do not have a photo card driving licence you will be required to produce your paper licence (Not the counterpart) together with two other forms of identification.

If you do not have your valid driving licence in any form you can attend with two other forms of identification listed below.

Acceptable forms of I.D (2 of these will be required)

- Valid Passport
- Recent Utility Bill (Gas,Electric)
- Bank Statement
- Debit/Credit Card

If you fail to arrive with the correct identification you will be refused entry to the course and providing you have sufficient time within your completion date, you will be required to rearrange the course which will incur a rearrangement fee as explained in our Terms and Conditions.

What happens if I am late for the course?

You need to arrive 15 minutes before the course starts in order to register. If you arrive late you will be refused entry to the course, no refund will be given and if you wish to re-book onto another course a re-arrangement fee will be required.

Is there parking available at the course venue?

Yes there is parking available at all of TTC 2000’s course venues. Most of the venues are free of charge. There are also disabled parking spaces in all TTC 2000’s course venues.

Special Requirements

Arrow

If I have specific requirements, can they be accommodated?

TTC 2000 is committed to ensuring that their courses are accessible to everyone who wishes to attend.

If you have any special requirements in order to be able to attend a course please inform us when booking onto the course or prior to attending the course and we will do all we can to accommodate your needs.

If we are not aware of any special requirements we cannot accommodate them so if you fail to notify us of any special requirements that result in your discomfort or even being unable to attend and complete the course, TTC will not be held responsible.

Can I breastfeed my baby on the course?

Yes, TTC 2000 will do everything they can to accommodate women who are breastfeeding. You can bring your child to the course venue, however they are not allowed into the course so you would need a family member/friend to look after them during the course. Where possible a private room will be available for you to breastfeed during the two set breaks.

For further information and/or to inform TTC 2000 that you require a place to breastfeed, please contact TTC 2000 prior to attending the course to discuss your needs.

Can I do the course in another language?

TTC 2000’s courses are delivered in English and in Welsh in some venues in Mid and South Wales.

If your understanding of English is not sufficient to be able to understand and participate in the course then you can bring a friend or family member to act as a translator for you free of charge. You must inform TTC that you are bringing someone with you to translate.

If you arrive at the course and the course trainer feels that you are unable to understand them and the course content sufficiently then you may be turned away or asked to leave. This is because it is important for all clients to be able to understand the course trainer and the course content in order to gain the intended experience and knowledge from the course.

Can I bring someone with me?

You can bring someone with you if you have a specific need that requires you to have someone with you, for example if you need someone to translate for you then you can bring one person free of charge. Each case will be considered and will depend upon circumstance and individual requirements. For further queries please contact TTC 2000 to discuss your requirements.

Is there a hearing loop available?

Some of the course venues have hearing loops or can provide hearing loops but some do not have that facility.

If you require a hearing loop please contact TTC 2000 and we will do everything we can to accommodate this need.

Is there any reading or writing involved?

No, you are given a course booklet that has space to make notes but is only for your records, it is not handed in at the end.

Other

Arrow

Why are the prices different in different areas?

The prices in each area are set by the individual police force that commissions the courses, not the course providers. To see the cost of a course in the area you wish to take it please contact the course provider in that area.

Can I do a course in Scotland?

No, the courses are not currently available in Scotland. The closest venues are in Cumbria (Carlisle being the closest) and they are run by TTC 2000. At present Scotland is not part of the National Speed Awareness Course Scheme.

Do you provide food?

No, as the course is only 4 hours we do not provide food. However, there are two comfort breaks during the course with tea, coffee etc. provided.

Can I do the course in two halves?

No, due to the nature of the course and the aim of re-educating drivers, the course has been well structured to ensure maximum impact. This is only possible when the course is delivered in one 4-hour session as all the course material needs to be covered as well as allowing time for group discussion in order for course participants to retain the information provided.

For Terms & Conditions, Click Here

Alternatively call us

Telephone: 0845 270 4363

Investors in people Positive about disabled people BSI Registered ISO Certification Investor In Excellence