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Record number of driver retraining courses held

More than 1.4 million drivers attended offender retraining courses in 2017 with the vast majority of offenders attending speed awareness courses.   


The vast majority of retraining courses run in 2017 were national speed awareness course.

The research by the RAC Foundation found attendances hit a new record last year, up by almost a million compared to 2010, the first year courses were offered.

In total, some 1.2 million attended speed awareness courses while a further 92,386 people completed the What’s Driving Us? course.

There are now nine courses available for police to send drivers on, including the 2017 launches of the national Motorway Speed Awareness Course and the National Motorway Course.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The emergence of so many courses partly reflects the increasing complexity of the road network and rise in restrictions drivers now face.

“From 20mph zones in towns to variable speed limits on motorways the rules of the road are growing in type and number, and there now seems to be a course to match every eventuality.”

The Foundation also warned that last year’s record number of courses could be topped this year as police step up enforcement of Red X signals on motorways.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.