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KEEPING WELSH ROADS SAFER

Driver Education Courses

All four Police Forces in Wales are committed to road safety and the education of drivers.  GoSafe have for many years seen the benefit of dealing with a number of traffic offences by way of an educational course rather than prosecution.  The rationale is based on the notion that a course is more likely to achieve improved driving behaviour than a prosecution that would simply result in a fine and penalty points.

If you receive a speeding ticket within a certain speed limit threshold you may be given the opportunity of attending a Speed Awareness Course.  This is an alternative to receiving points on your licence and a £100 fine.


To attend a Speed Awareness Course in Wales it will cost £92 per course with effect from 1st September 2017 and they are offered to drivers or riders with the aim of changing attitudes to speeding and thereby driving behaviour.

  • Only one course can be undertaken in any three year period.  Once a course is successfully completed, the file on that incident is closed and no further action taken.  Further offending will be dealt with by prosecution.
  • A Speed Awareness Course can be attended in any force area where the National Offender Retraining Scheme has been adopted, irrespective of where the offence occurs. Details of the course providers can be found here.
  • There is no formal written test but drivers are expected to have a positive attitude and participate.  The Course is offered in the medium of Welsh and English and disabilities are catered for.
  • You must not have attended a similar course in the last 3 years.
  • Speed has to be within 10% plus 2 and 10% plus 9 of the speed limit.
  • You must admit the offence within 90 days of the date of the offence.

 

 

Drivers can only be refered to the What's Driving Us Course if they are involved in a collision. This course has been designed in particular to address:

  • Careless or incosiderate driving (non-collision) traffic light offences.
  • Crossing a solid white line.
  • Indiscriminate parking (i.e. wilful obstruction, parking on zig zags, solid double white lines etc.)
  • Overtaking or failing to give precedence in zebra/puffin/pelican areas.
  • Contravening traffic signs and signal.

Details of the course providers can be found here

 

RIDE is a theory only course targeted at powered two wheeler (PTW) riders whose attitudes (rather than a skills deficit) mean they take unacceptable risks on the road and therefore are likely to represent a danger to themselves and other road users. To attend this course you must have received a letter from the police. 

  • You can only attend one RIDE course in three years. Any further offending will be dealt with by prosecution.
  • The course trainers have professional rider training and or behavioural change backgrounds and follow national requirements.

     

Details of the course providers can be found here.

 

The National Motorway Awareness Course is for offences committed on motorways, those who have been detected exceeding the active variable speed limit, passed through a mandatory Red X lane closure signal and infringements occurring on hard shoulders and refuge areas.

  • Drivers who are eligible for a course will be notified in writing following the issue of a Notice of Intended Prosecution.
  • Drivers cannot self refer to this scheme nor can they attend a course if they have attended a course within the last three years. 

Details of the course providers can be found here.