National Motorway Speed Awareness Course (NMSAC)

NDORS-Motorway-500pxSERP is committed to road safety and is actively seeking to educate rather than prosecute drivers who have exceeded specific speed limits.

The purpose of the National Motorway Speed Awareness Course (NMSAC) is to give eligible offenders the opportunity to attend a course as an alternative to the Fixed Penalty system of a £100 fine and three penalty points to be endorsed on their licence. In some situations it could prevent a summons to attend court being issued.

The courses are only available by referral from the police.


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.


How long is the course?

The courses are of 2½ hours’ duration and are delivered by qualified and licensed NDORS trainers at venues throughout Essex.


When are the courses?

The courses are available Monday to Saturday, 8. 30 am to 11.00am, 11.30am to 2.00 pm or 2.30pm to 5.00pm.


Course locations in Essex

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Course Times

AM session:                         8.30am -11.00am
Lunchtime session:            11.30am – 2.00pm
Pm session:                          2.30pm – 5.00pm


How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £75.00 and is payable at the point of booking. 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, 7.30am – 4.00pm) who may be able to arrange a pre-payment scheme. All courses need to be paid for a minimum of seven days before attendance.


What do I need to do to book a course?

To book a course you must be in possession of your driving licence. If this is a photo card licence the photo must be in date. If in doubt, check the date at 4b on the front of the card.

Click here to book a speed awareness course in Essex

Click here if you do not want to take a course in Essex


What do I need to bring to the course?

You must bring with you your photo card driving licence as proof of your identity. If you have an old style paper driving licence then you should bring your passport with you as proof of identity.

If you have difficulty with photographic identification please contact the booking office on 01277 636675 before the day of your course as you will not be allowed to attend the course if you cannot produce photographic identification.


Adverse weather

During periods of adverse weather it may be necessary to cancel courses at short notice and re-arrange to an alternative date.

Currently all courses are running as normal.


Terms and conditions

Click link below to download Terms and Conditions for NDORS courses offered by Essex County Council as part of SERP.

SERP Terms and conditions – NDORS (updated July 2016)


Supporting policies

Click here to view Supporting Essex County Council Policies