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Speed Awareness Courses (197A/20)

Request

(First request) How many speeding offences and speed awareness courses have been waived or not pursued from dates 01.10.2018 to 30.4.2019?

(Second Request) How many speeding offences and speed awareness courses have been waived or not pursued from dates 01.10.2019 to 30.4.2020 and if the number is higher than same period previous year is this due to the covid 19 restrictions that are in place?

Response

Please be advised that we do not waive education courses; the outcome would either be completion of the course, fixed penalty, court or cancellation. Therefore, we can only provide details of the number of notices that have been cancelled – though these would not necessarily have been eligible for education. However, due to coronavirus restrictions and as a result of the suspension of classroom based education courses, there will have been some offenders unable to attend a course. Therefore, we have worked with UK Road Offender Education (UKROEd) and our course provider to ensure we were able to offer on-line courses as an alternative. As a result, the number of those not attending a course during this period will have been smaller. Please find this information below.

1/10/2018 – 30/04/2019: 7,717 cancelled

1/10/2019 – 30/04/2020: 3,785 cancelled

Please also note that all cases for the 2018/19 period have been dealt with, whereas there are 14,122 outstanding for 2019/20, as such, the cancellation rate is likely to increase.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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