Speed awareness course fees creep up from £35 to £45

 

Are drivers in the UK being used by Police forces up and down the country as ‘cash cows’ following the news that speed awareness course fees have crept up from £35 to £45?

Some police forces are being accused of treating motorists as ‘cash cows’ after their fees for speed awareness courses rose by more than 25%.

Each time a driver is sent on an awareness course, the constabulary will now receive £45 per person – and around 1.2million motorists attend such a course every year, meaning UK police forces will be raking in £54million per year as a result of the increase.

Speed awareness course fees creep up from £35 to £45

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The Treasury designates the cash to police forces across the country to cover the costs associated with catching speeding motorists and the money is spent by the Chief Constable as they think it should.

The price of courses also differ greatly depending on whereabouts in the country you live. Those attending a course in Northamptonshire pay £75, whilst speeding motorists in Essex have to fork out £91 – 21% more.

Motorcyclists taking part in a Ride course have to pay £80 if they live in Lancashire but those in Norfolk and Suffolk have to pay a fee of £185.

Police forces up and down the country also receive millions of pounds more from another 200,000 drivers having to attend other types of courses.

Attendees of the courses do so to avoid having to pay a £100 fine and receiving three points on their licence, plus their insurance premium would rise as a result.

The National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) is responsible for running the courses for the police and is owned by a not-for-profit firm called UKROED Ltd.

“Most people attending speed awareness courses sing their praises but what they might not realise is the postcode lottery they face in the costs involved,” said Steve Gooding from the RAC Foundation.

Tory MP Julian Knight, of the FairFuelUK cross party group, said: “We all want to ensure speeds are enforced in this country but motorists should not be used as a cash cow.”

According to Mr Knight, courses should only be used when they can really make a difference, not just to raise more revenue and let drivers off the hook for a speeding offence.

“Forces do not profit from these courses and the financial model provides for cost recovery only,” said a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

 

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