National Motorway Speed Awareness Course - FAQs

Who runs the NMSACs?

Each police authority will appoint a course provider in their area to deliver these courses. This association is established to ensure the quality and consistency of delivery of courses throughout the UK. In Essex the course provider is Essex County Council working in partnership with Essex Police as part of SERP.

Will I be eligible to be offered a NMSAC?

Courses will only be available to drivers/riders via an offer from a police authority, having exceeded a speed limit within a pre-determined threshold. Having attended a course, you will not be eligible to attend a second course within three years of your offence.

If I attend a course, will I still get penalty points on my licence?

No. Once you have successfully completed the course, no further action will be taken and you will have no record of this on your licence.

Do I have to pay for the course and what is involved?

Yes. The cost of the course can vary between service providers. In Essex the cost is £75 and payment is required at the time of booking. There is no driving element to this course.

(If you have financial difficulties with making this payment at the time of booking, please contact the Essex County Council Booking Office on 01277 636675 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am – 2.30pm) who may be able to arrange a pre-payment scheme. All courses need to be paid for a minimum of seven days before attendance).

If you are not taking a course in Essex then you will need to contact the course provider for the area in which you wish to take your course, for further details on their cost and venues.

What is the course about?

The course content covers the following elements:

  • Explains what a Smart motorway is and how to use it.
    • Making Smart Motorways safer and more efficient
    • Why speed limits are imposed on Smart Motorways
    • Strategies to help you drive safely on a Smart Motorway

There is no test to be taken on the course, but drivers must fully participate to complete the course.

What happens if I am late, or am unable to attend on the day?

If you are late you will not be admitted to the course. It is your responsibility, having accepted the offer, to ensure that you arrive in plenty of time.

You should contact your course provider if you are not admitted to the course to arrange another course date. For Essex courses contact the Booking Office on 01277 636675.

If you are unable to attend the course date then you should contact the course provider as soon as possible to arrange an alternative date. Rebooking fees may be incurred. Full details can be seen in the terms and conditions of your course provider.

If you fail to re-arrange a course that you have been late for, or have been unable to attend, then your details will be returned to the referring police authority for their further action.

How important is it that I bring my driving licence with me?

You will be required to prove your identity and your driving licence, with a photo card, would be ideal. If you have a paper driving licence then you will need to bring other photographic identification such as a passport. If you are in any doubt (for Essex courses) please contact the booking office on 01277 636675.

You must however ensure you read the terms and conditions of your chosen course provider in the event that you are required to produce your driving licence.

Do I have to take a written test or driving test?

No, however there will be group discussions that you will be expected to participate in to successfully complete the course. There is no driving involved.

What if I have specific needs?

Prior to attending a course you will be asked by the course provider to indicate if you have any specific needs that will have to be taken into consideration in order to insure that you can fully participate in the course. Every effort will be made to facilitate these needs.

How many people will be on the course?

There may be up to 24 people on the course.

How soon do I need to reply to the offer letter from the police?

You should respond to any offer letter from the police as soon as you can in order to be able to book a course, as availability varies. The time limit to take the course varies between police authorities and you should contact then direct for this information.

How do I book a course?

The offer letter from the referring police authority will give you details of how to book a course.

Click here to book a speed awareness course in Essex

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