Northgate supports police in rollout of Speed Awareness Scheme

3 December 2009

Since April 2006, forces around the country have been able to make use of the new scheme to educate drivers through offering those who have committed an eligible offence the opportunity to attend a Speed Awareness course locally rather than receive a fixed penalty notice. Pilot studies around the UK have shown that the courses, which tackle drivers’ attitudes to speed, have been successful in reducing re-offending.

Through an upgrade to Northgate’s fixed penalty solution, ‘VP/FPO’, police staff will be able to ensure that drivers caught committing an offence covered by the scheme are automatically offered a Speed Awareness Scheme course or receive a fixed penalty notice. They will also be able to check whether a driver has ever attended a course before and access their course attendance records.

Police staff will benefit from a service which can:
– Automatically check the eligibility of offenders and notify them of their choice;
– Electronically store drivers’ responses to Speed Awareness course offers and store attendance records from course providers;
– Allow forces to check attendance records for other areas through a link with the DVLA;
– Automatically reinstate the original penalty if a driver does not respond to a course offer or does not attend their course sessions;
– Manage all correspondence and enable direct access to all necessary information.

Forces that are also using Northgate’s ‘Public Access’ system to provide online access to speeding evidence will also offer those in receipt of a penalty notice the ability to contact the relevant course provider through the site.

Dave Meaden, Managing Director of Northgate Public Services said today:

“Education is critical to tackling attitudes to speeding and to cutting the number of offenders who are endangering public safety by driving too fast. We are delighted to be working on this innovative project to open up access to speed awareness education.”