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Speed Awareness Course - Frequently Asked Questions

What does the course involve?

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

Do I have to do any driving?

No - the course is normally a classroom based theory only course, however; following Current Government Covid-19 Guidelines this may be run online and you will be instructed as to which is currently being provided along with your joining instructions.

Is there a test and can I fail it?

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

What happens after I have returned the application form?

If you have elected to attend a course in Cheshire will write to you with full details of the course including the booking arrangements. If you have indicated that you wish to attend a course in another Force area, we will write to you with details of how this can be arranged.

If you have not received the relevant documentation within 10 days of returning your application, please contact this office on 01606 364072/01606 364191 or email

When will the course take place?

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 4 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.

How long does the course last?

The course lasts approximately 4 1/4 hours, including registration and breaks.

Can I attend a course outside Cheshire?

Yes, the scheme operates in most Force areas. 

What if I have special needs?

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.

When do I make payment?

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.

Do I need my driving licence?

You will be required to produce a valid photo card 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.

If I opt to take the course do I have to pay the fine and get penalty points?

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

Who runs the courses?

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
website: The Heath Business & Technical Conference Centre


The Ramada Encore
Crewe Business Park
Electra Way
During present Covid-19 pandemic it is intended to run all courses online, if this changes any time in the future your will be notified and address details will be posted here.


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