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National Speed Awareness Course – NSAC

National Speed Awareness Course – NSAC

NDORS offer a range of courses one of which is the National Speed Awareness Course – NSAC which are designed to cover most low level moving traffic offences. The scheme is operated on behalf of the police service who outline the type of offender and the offences. The Police offer this course for educational purposes as an alternative to a speeding fine and penalty points, to encourage drivers alter their attitude towards execssive speeding and the potential consequences of speeding.

This speed awareness course is designed by the NDORS Course Development Unit, comprising of leading behavioural change and transport academics, experienced and senior practitioners from the world of enforcement and road safety.

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Who is the Course For?

This course is designed to cover appropriate speeding offences detected by Automatic Camera Devices and Police Officers. ( Motorways where the speed limit is posted on variable roadside and overhead gantry signs is catered for on the National Motorway Awareness Course – NMAC). The speed limit is absolute as the law allows the police to enforce the limit as it is posted, in other words in a 30 mph area the law allows the police to enforce at 31 mph and above. Police forces will consider local conditions and any appropriate cases can be referred to the course.

NB: Not every speeding offence will result in the offer of an option to attend a course. In fact, if you’re driving over 10% plus 9 mph you’re in grave danger of receiving a court summons.

How Much Does it Cost?

The course costs are explained in the documentation that you should have received from the police. The cost of the course vary in different areas, however, you can make a comparison if you are looking in through the offer portal using your driving licence details.

What Do I need to Book the Course?

1. Your Driving Licence number
2. Bank card for online booking. Cost vary depending on region and should be in the documentation from Police.

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How long does a speed awareness course stay on record?

If you already attended a course within the last 3 years for a speed related offence, it is the policy of the National Police Chiefs Council to restrict you to one speed related course within 3 years of the date of the original offence. The law requires that people who offend should be answerable to the courts . Any course is offered at the sole discretion of the Chief Officer of the area where the offence took place. Nobody has an automatic right to a course irrespective of how minor or serious it may be.

How many points until license is suspended in UK?

A driver’s license is suspended for 60 days on the first suspension if 12 points are assessed against the license within a three-year period. Your licence will be cancelled (revoked) if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test.

When would you be offered a speed awareness course?

Not every speeding offence will result in the offer of an option to attend an awareness course. In fact they’re only offered if: You haven’t been convicted of any other speeding offences in the past three years. Most police forces offer a course to drivers who are caught speeding between 10% plus 2 and 10% plus 9 of the legal limit.

How long does the speed awareness course last?

For NSAC20 courses:

Courses last for 3 hours plus additional time to complete the required course
administration and breaks). Courses are delivered in a training room for up to 24 offenders (clients). Two
trainers must be present throughout each course.

For NSAC courses:

The National Speed Awareness Course is four-hour course targeted at motorists (drivers
and riders) who have committed a speeding offence.

For NMAC courses:

The National Motorway Awareness Course (NMAC) will be in the region of 3.5 hours duration.

Is speed awareness course a conviction?

The simple answer is “no”. A person volunteers to attend an NDORS course and upon completion, this puts a halt to any criminal proceedings , and no further action is taken against the driver/rider for the offence they have allegedly committed on the occasion which led to the offer of a course.

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