National Speed Awareness Course 20mph (NSAC 20)


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.

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SERP 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 NSAC 20 course 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:

  • Raising awareness of 20mph speed limits and how to identify them.
  • Understanding the need for 20mph limits and the consequences of speeding in them.
  • Helping manage the way you drive in 20mph limits.
  • Helping you to think about how you are driving and can make communities safer.
  • Strategies to help you drive safely within the speed limit.

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 3¼ hours’ duration and are delivered by qualified and licensed NDORS trainers, currently at Basildon, Brentwood or Harlow.

When and where are the courses held?

NSAC 20 Courses are held at:


Holiday Inn

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Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way

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Holiday Inn

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The courses are either 9.00am – 12.15pm or 12.45pm – 4.00pm.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £90.00, 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 bring to the course?

When you attend 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.

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 scheduled.

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 April 2018)

Supporting policies

Click here to view Supporting Essex County Council Policies