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          Speed Awareness Scheme Conditions


Speed Awareness Scheme Conditions

Driver Awareness Scheme Conditions

Since it began in 2005, the Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) has continued to grow successfully. From a small number of attendents in 2004 the numbers grew and in 2012 the figure reached 770,000 for the year!

Participants on the course are people who have been detected speeding on the UKs roads. However in addition to looking at the issue of why people speed, the course also covers much, much more.

The DAS course offers participants a whole host of information and advice about safer driving.
As well as examining the consequences of excess and inappropriate speed, the course also provides an opportunity for drivers to refresh their observation and hazard perception skills.

Indeed the varied and informative content is all part of the overall aims of the course, which encourage participants to: Develop a positive attitude towards road safety
Identify consequences of actions on the road
Recognise different speed limit areas
Recognise personal responsibility
Facilitate an opportunity to examine attitudes towards hazard perception
The DAS course is classroom-based and is delivered by trained driving instructors and road safety professionals and uses a range of interactive techniques to ensure the course is engaging for participants.

Taking part in the Driver Awareness Scheme
If you are eligible to take part in the Driver Awareness Scheme then you will be contacted by the administration If you are eligible to take part, you will not be required to pay a fine or receive penalty points. However, if offered the course you will be required to pay a fee for attendance and must respond to the offer within the stipulated timescale.

Named drivers are only permitted to attend one Driver Awareness course within a three-year period. If a driver subsequently commits a further alleged speeding offence after attending the course, then that offence will be dealt with via the fixed penalty process (fine and penalty points).

If an individual fails to attend the course or is unable to satisfy the course conditions, then the fixed penalty conditions will apply.

Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) Speed Thresholds

The table below sets out the speed thresholds at which you may be offered a place on the Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS).
Please note that the offer of a DAS course is a decision made by the DAS office on behalf of Police.

Speed Limit Current DAS Police Speed Thresholds

(Based on ACPO Guidelines) Fixed penalty DAS not to be offered Limits at which offender should be reported for court

Speed Limit Current DAS Police Speed Thresholds
(Based on ACPO Guidelines)
Fixed penalty DAS not to be offered Limits at which offender should be reported for court
MPH DAS Fixed Penalty Court
30 36, 37, 38, 39, 40,41 42 - 55 56+
40 47, 48, 49, 50, 51,52 53 - 65 66+
50 58, 59, 60, 61, 62,63 64 - 75 76+
60 69, 70, 71,72 73 - 85 86+
70 80, 81, 82,83 84 - 95 96+

Other offences which may be recommended for the Driver Awareness Scheme are listed below: Using a Mobile Phone while driving
Driving a vehicle while not in proper control
Driving a vehicle without proper view
Exceeding a temporary speed restriction
Exceeding a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) speed restriction
Exceeding a Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) 50mph speed limit
Exceeding a speed limit in an LGV/PCV
Contravening a Red Traffic sign at a junction
Contravening a stop/give way sign (Major Road Only)
Contravening DWLS
Contravening an Auto Level Crossing
Contravening a Red Traffic Sign at a level crossing
Contravening a Red Traffic Sign at road works
Contravening a traffic sign
Stopping within the approach to a Zebra/Pelican/Puffin crossing
Stopping within the limits of a Zebra/Pelican/Puffin crossing
Failing to accord precedent to a pedestrian at a crossing
Failing to comply with a red signal at a Pelican crossing
Overtaking a moving/stationary vehicle at a crossing

Research supporting the Speed Awareness Course

A report from Brainbox Research Ltd (on behalf of ACPO) provides decisive evidence on the longer term effectiveness of Speed Awareness Courses the benefits of the course which taken together with the commitment and investment of time and money by drivers to take part in the courses has shown the importance drivers attach to avoiding losing their licence

Brainbox Research Ltd were commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to undertake rigorous research into the effectiveness of Speed Awareness courses and their longer term impact on driver behaviour.

The report states:

The research provides evidence that the National Speed Awareness course produces positive changes in attitudes with drivers perceiving fewer advantages and more disadvantages of speeding. The course makes it easier for clients to identify the speed limit for the area in which they are travelling and produces greater intentions to drive within the speed limit in the future. Previous research for the Department for Transport (Stephenson et al., 2010) showed that clients who were not offered a course did not show these increases.

These changes are maintained at follow-up, indicating that the course provides clients with continued protection.

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