It’s not just motorists who are being offered education courses as an alternative to a fine for breaking the law. Cyclists in the City of London have been targeted for riding without lights under a campaign named “Operation Atrium”. When they are issued a fixed penalty notice they can have it waived by attending an education course. In addition they get given some free lights.
In October (when the clocks change and cycles tend to be riding home without lights), there were 176 cyclists issued FPNs and 58 attended a course.
It has become clear that the police now consider the use of waivers on an industrial scale for motoring offences so successful, and bearing in mind there have been no legal challenges over the practice, that they are extending it to all sorts of other crimes as well.