National Speed Awareness Course
Excessive or inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in
most vehicle crashes. It is important to remember that exceeding
the limit, even by just a few miles per hour, can have a dramatic
effect on the severity of a crash.
Booking a National Speed Awareness Course
If you have received a letter from the police telling you that
you are eligible for this scheme and you want to attend a course in
Kent, you can book and pay online.
You must produce photo identification to prove your
identity on the course. If you have a photocard licence we
can only accept it with a current photograph and if the photograph
still identifies you (field 4b on your licence gives the expiry
date of the photograph). Please see the
course terms and conditions (PDF, 81k) for other acceptable
forms of identification.
To book online you need a valid email address and will be
asked to make payment using a credit or debit card. If you do not
have this method of payment available, you cannot finalise your
The Speed Awareness online booking system will be
unavailable Tuesday 25 February 8am – 12pm due to
essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience
Courses get booked up quickly, so we cannot guarantee there
will be a course available at a location and date
convenient for you. If there is no course available to you
within the police deadlines, your case will be returned to the
If you want to attend a course outside of Kent, you
can search for other providers through the police DORS
Attending the course
You can attend only one National Speed Awareness Course
in three years. Any further offending will be dealt with
The course is offered to drivers or riders caught speeding
within the police's specific criteria and is an alternative to
receiving points and a fixed penalty. Our aim is to change drivers'
attitudes to speed by looking at why they exceed the speed limit.
We then provide advice on how they can avoid doing so in the
Important information about booking and attending a course in
Further information on this course can be found at National Association of
Driver Intervention Providers website.
In bad weather, please call us on 03000 41 81
81 for up to date information about
Links to maps of the venues are on side panel of
this page so you can get directions. Not all venues will be
available at all times.
Most venues have parking on site, except County Hall
in Maidstone and Corn Exchange in Rochester, where you
will have to use public transport or local car parks. Pay for
parking that lastsfor the whole course (a minimum of 5
hours depending on when you arrive). You will not be allowed to
leave to pay for additional parking once the course
Plan your journey in advance so you are sure of the exact location
of the course and the parking arrangements.
Check the times for your booked course. If you arrive
late you will not be allowed to participate -
this could lead to a re-booking fee if we can offer a new
course date, or you being removed from the scheme and your case
being returned to the police.
Speed awareness course information
Even a small change in driving speed can have a dramatic, life
changing effect on the severity of an impact. Pedestrians hit at
35mph have twice the risk of death than those hit at 30mph and hit
at 40mph, the risk of death rises to 4 times. Most crashes happen
in 30mph and 40mph areas.
By choosing to take a speed awareness course, instead of
receiving a fixed penalty or a court summons, you have the
opportunity to take something positive from what could have been a
negative experience (the threat of prosecution).
Drivers that attend appropriate training significantly reduce
their chances of being involved in a crash and of being caught for
the same offence in the next two to three years.