Speed awareness course

What is the speed awareness course?

This theory only course aims to educate drivers, rather than punish them for exceeding the speed limit.

There is no police involvement in the course and you will not have to pass a test or drive anywhere.

Who is the course for?

If you have exceeded the posted speed limit, but remain within certain parametres that deemed suitable by the police you will be notified in writing about this course by the police.

You cannot self-refer to this scheme, and you can't attend a course if you have attended a one within the last three years.

What do I need to attend?

You must bring with you either:

  • The new style photo card licence (providing it is valid).
  • The old style paper licence issued before 1998, with another form of valid photo ID (e.g. Passport, Bus Pass or Citizencard).

If you don't provide suitable ID on the day, you will be refused entry to the course and your file will be returned to the police. You will not receive a refund.

How much does it cost?

The course currently costs £80. This works out much cheaper than paying a fine and notifying your insurer of any prosecutions.

What does the course cover?

The speed awareness course is 4 hours long with two breaks, and consists of:

  • Exploring the reasons why you speed.
  • What causes you to speed.
  • The consequences of speeding.
  • Strategies to avoid speeding in future.
  • Coping strategy and the concept of "coast".
  • Looking and seeing excercises.
  • Motorcyclist awareness.
  • Speed limits.
  • Hazard perception.
  • Recognition and appropriate use of speed.
  • Attitudes and beliefs.
  • Reflecting on your own driving.

At the end of the course the presenter will summarise the course and answer your questions.

When and where is the course held? 

Courses are available at various locations and times:

East Staffordshire

Address: Heath House, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter ST14 7BY
Course times: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 5.30pm.
Map: pdf car parking mapHeath House Map (119 KB)


Address: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ST17 0WT
Course times: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 5.30pm.
Map: pdf car parking mapWildlife Trust Map (129 KB)

Address: Business Innovation Centre, Staffs Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford, ST18 0AR
Course times: Monday to Saturday:8.30am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 5.30pm.
Map: pdf car parking mapBusiness Innovation Centre Map (161 KB)


Address: Westport Lake Visitor Centre, Westport Lake Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 4RZ.
Course times: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Saturday: 9am - 1pm.
Map: pdf mapWestport Lake Map (254 KB)

Address: Port Vale Football Club, Vale Park, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1AW.
Course times: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Wednesdays: 4pm - 8pm.
Map: pdf mapPort Vale FC Map (267 KB)

How do I book a place?

If you are eligible you will receieve a letter with a course booking form. Complete the form, include payment and post it to the address on the form.

For more information please contact us on:

Email: roadsafety@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 111 8012
Fax: 01785 276612

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