Speed Awareness FAQs

Click below to find the answers to any questions you may have if you are due to attend a Speed Awareness Course.

Can’t find the answer? Get in touch with the team via email: driver.training@Westsussex.gov.uk

  • Where can I take my course? Can I take it remotely?

    You can choose to take your Speed Awareness course in person at one of our venues, or from home, via Zoom. If you take your course at home you will still be interacting with our trainer, and must remain on camera for the duration of the course.

    The course content is the same whichever you choose.

  • 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 evidence of these circumstances will be required.

    In the event of a no-show to a course date, your file will be returned back to your referring police force 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 original photographic ID for validation against the course register.

    Photographic Identity Examples:

    • Photocard Driving Licence
    • A valid or expired passport that shows a true likeness
    • Formal ID Cards (armed forces, police, student union, company ID card)
    • Tachograph Card
    • Local Authority/Taxi ID
    • Blue Badge (parking for people with disabilities)
    • Firearms Certificate/Shotgun Licence

    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 driver.training@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 classroom session either in person or digitally. 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.