Speed awareness course fees vary by a third

Written by Ellie

If you’ve been caught speeding recently, where you live can have a major say in how much you pay to attend a speed awareness course.

While speeding motorists attending courses in Northamptonshire pay £75, their Essex-based counterparts will pay almost a third more (£99), according to analysis by the Press Association of data obtained from the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS).

Attendance fees for a speed awareness course average at £88.90 across the country, and 1.18 million people went on one in 2016.

Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation – which published the study – labelled the variation in fees as a ‘postcode lottery’.

He commented: “Surely there is no other part of the criminal justice system where fines and penalties vary by as much as a third across the country?

“Intuitively, people would expect to pay a fixed price for doing wrong, not an arrangement that offers rewards for shopping around or penalises partly because of where people live.”

The amount police forces receive from each course also jumped from £35 to £45 last month, the Press Association’s study revealed. However, this money is described as ‘a cost-recovery fee’ and goes towards covering costs associated with administering the courses.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “For many motorists, speed awareness courses are a preferable option to licence points. However, when fees vary by up to a third, questions have to be raised.”

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Posted on 30th October 2017

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