Speed Awareness FAQs

  • What if I am late or unable to attend?

    You must arrive on time or you will not be allowed to take part in the Course. If you cannot attend due to sickness, then you must notify the Course administrator at the earliest opportunity. To book another Course you will have to pay a rebooking fee.

    Under certain circumstances (named below) you may either arranged another course date free of charge or receive a full refund:

    • Receipt of a medical certificate or letter (self-certification will not be accepted)
    • Notification of hospital appointment
    • Bereavement

    Appropriate written proof of these circumstances will be required.

    In the event of a no-show to a Course date, your file will be returned back to Sussex Police for their consideration as the matter may now have to be reverted to a Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty.

  • Weather conditions preventing attendance?

    During times of bad weather, a decision will be made based on current information and weather warnings as to whether the courses should go ahead or be cancelled. To check the status of a Course please click on the ‘Current Course Status’ on our website.

  • What do I need to bring on the day?

    When you arrive at the course venue you will be required to produce your driving licence for validation against the course register.

    • Photocard Driving Licence – The photocard licence acts as both driving licence and photographic identification. The paper counterpart is no longer valid after the DVLA abolished it on June8, 2015. If you still have a paper counterpart, the DVLA advises you destroy it.


    • Old Style Paper Driving Licence – (only issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998) Please bring your paper driving licence with you along with photographic identification such as Passport, Council Issue Bus Pass or Citizen Card. To obtain a full list of acceptable photographic identification to accompany your paper driving licence please contact the Driver Training Team on 0330 222 899.

    We can only accept original documents (electronic copies or photocopies cannot be accepted).

    Failure to produce the requirement documents at the start of the course will result in you being refused the opportunity to participate on the Course and is classed as a failure to attend.

  • Additional Requirements needed to attend the Course?

    Every effort will be made to accommodate any additional requirements that you may have, provided you have notified the Driver Training Team prior to booking your course on 0330 222 8999 or dtinfo@westsussex.gov.uk. If no indication of, or request for any additional requirements has been made, then we cannot be held responsible should you be unable to complete the Course.

  • Can I fail the Course?

    As long as the individual participates fully in the session you will be able to complete the Course. There is no written or practical tests in the Course.

  • What happens on the Course?

    The course is offered by Sussex Police and consists of a four hour classroom session, during these sessions the following topics are covered:

    • Identifying Speed Limits
    • Causes and Consequences of Speeding
    • Hazard Perception
    • Strategies to help you stay within the Speed Limit
  • What is the aim of the Course?

    The aim of the Course is to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and give you skills to stay within the speed limit.

    The Course is self-funding and receives no income from other sources.

  • What happens now?

    If you decided to participate in the Course rather than receiving points and a fine you will need to follow the instructions on the Speed Awareness Offer. You must respond to this offer within 14 days or your case will automatically be reverted to a Fixed Penalty Notice.