Both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph have reported on the latest rise in the number of people attending speed awareness courses – up to 1.45 million in 2018 as declared by NDORS. That’s counting all the different variants of “driver education” courses now offered. That means the police will have received as much as £65 million as the “kick-back” from the fees paid by attendees – they now receive £45 for each attendee.
A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs Council is quoted in the Mail as saying that “police forces do not make money from the courses; they only receive processing costs”. But that is simply not true.
The evidence we have provided on this web site: https://www.speed-awareness.org demonstrates that they use this income to expand speed camera operations, to pay for staff and to subsidise other budgets.
Course operators also make very substantial profits and most of them are commercial operations.
In total more than 10 million people have now attended such a course despite the fact that a report published by the Department for Transport (DfT) showed there was no “statistically significant effect on the number or severity of injury collisions” from attendance at a speed awareness course – in other words, NO BENEFIT WHATSOEVER! Is it not remarkable that the legalisation of paying bribes to the police to avoid prosecution was ever permitted in the first place, and the Government continues to do nothing about this perversion of justice?
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