October 25, 2017 at 12:12 PM
Police forces are not supposed to generate income from speed awareness courses, instead receiving a flat fee to cover their costs. However, an increase in the course charges from £35 to £45 - combined with thousands more speed cameras being installed on Britains roads means police forces will receive an extra £12 million each year from speeding motorists.
Critics have suggested that officers are being "incentivised to pursue drivers" and disputed the idea that police forces are not profiting from speed awareness courses, even insisting the courses were used as a bribe to avoid penalty points on their licence.
Hugh Bladon of the Alliance of British Drivers said: "The incentive is clearly there for the police to get people onto these courses because they benefit financially. It does not accord with what our definition of justice is in the UK."
The speed awareness courses are run under the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS), ensuring consistency across 43 UK police forces. A spokesperson from NDORS confirmed that whilst the £45 cost of the course to drivers is supposed to cover the forces costs, £45 is an average so it is possible more efficient forces were generating additional revenue.
Whilst Claire Armstrong of group Safe Speed added: "It's high time we got police back on the roads rather than using automated cameras to enforce average speed limits which do nothing for road safety."
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