NDORS Reports Increased Education Courses

The ABD has been campaigning against the money generating industry of police waivers and speed awareness courses for some time. See link below for campaign information. NDORS who run the scheme that enables the police to extract money from innocent drivers without prosecutions have reported a new total of 1.49 million for last year for all such courses – that’s 3% up on the previous year – see https://www.ndors.org.uk/scheme/trends-statistics/

In addition an article in the Birmingham Mail makes it clear that the Police are now campaigning that all money from speeding fines should go to them, as used to be the case. That’s instead of to the Treasury where they currently go. Fines were redirected some years ago after obvious abuses had crept in such as the police siting cameras where they could catch the most infringers (such as open, straight stretches of road) rather than in the most dangerous road safety spots. See the Birmingham Mail article here for more information: https://tinyurl.com/vrgvtpf . We have written to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to point out how wrong he is to support such a proposal.

Anyone who wants to stop this illegal and money-grubbing activity by the police should contact their Member of Parliament.

See https://www.speed-awareness.org for more information and to sign up for our AMPOW campaign against the illegal use of police waivers to extract money from motorists in the name of road safety, when the evidence shows there is no such benefit.

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Profits from Speed Awareness Courses Still Growing

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?

Roger Lawson

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