Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.
Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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You can't suggest that you want to do a Speed Awareness Course, if you are eligible to attend the course you will be notified by the police. The criteria operated by each Police Force in relation to attending SACs differs slightly. The following are the guidelines operated by one police force:
- You have admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence and returned the documentation within the 28 day period calculated from the date the notice was sent to you.
- No more than 12 weeks have elapsed since the date of the alleged offence.
- There were no further offences committed at the time of the alleged offence.
- You have not attended a speed awareness course within the 3 years prior to the current offence.
- You were driving at a speed which qualifies as per the table below.
|Limit||Device tolerance||Fixed Penalty when education is not appropriate||Speed Awareness if appropriate||Summons in all other cases and above|
|20 mph||22 mph||24 mph||24 mph||31 mph||35 mph|
|30 mph||32 mph||35 mph||35 mph||42 mph||50 mph|
|40 mph||42 mph||46 mph||46 mph||53 mph||66 mph|
|50 mph||52 mph||57 mph||57 mph||64 mph||76 mph|
|60 mph||62 mph||68 mph||68 mph||75 mph||86 mph|
|70 mph||73 mph||79 mph||79 mph||86 mph||96 mph|
|All speeds identified above are those shown on the speed device, speedometer or other detection devices|
Please note that because the guidelines differ from one force to another, if you have a particular question in relation to your eligibility to attend the course, you will need to contact your local police using the non-emergency 101 number and ask to speak to someone in either the Central Ticket Office/Process Bureau or Fixed Penalty Office (names vary between different police forces). You may need to keep trying the number because the lines are usually very busy.