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Wiltshire Police increase cost for speed workshop
From 1 June the cost of the course will rise from £60 to £80.
Wiltshire Police said more than 14,000 drivers had chosen to attend the course in the past year.

Why does the Wiltshire Safety Camera Partnership offer Speed Awareness Workshops as an alternative to a fine and points?

Official Answer: Because they just want people to drive safer and the money isn't a factor.

Unofficial Answer: Britain's speed camera system is run by more than 40 regional road safety partnerships, made up of representatives from police, courts and councils.

The partnerships are funded by the Department of Transport, which demands that each region gives target figures for the number of motorists they plan to catch speeding over the next year. If these targets are not met, then Whitehall cuts the size of its funding.

This has the effect of making the local partnership set low targets, rather than risk losing cash by falling short of predictions. And that is good news for the Government, since the system is geared so that any extra fines go to the Treasury.

But as the Wiltshire Safety Camera Partnership knows they are going to catch more motorists than their quota the local unit has no interest in sending those "extra" fines to the Treasury. But if they run a workshop then the motorist doesn't pay a fine, he pays the Wiltshire Safety Camera Partnership who get to keep the money, apart from having to rent a cheap room and whiteboard...

No that is silly - I must keep repeating the "Wiltshire Safety Camera Partnership are not interested in the money..."


I attended one of those courses recently and was unsurprised to discover that there was no information in it that I could not have determined by myself after spending half an hour on the internet.

Nothing to do with how many hours on the road each week; but for a minor infringement,in order to keep the points off the licence, a worker loses a day's pay to attend the deeply enlightening course. Now that is fair, isn't it? Great for the Economy too.

Well worth the cost to keep the points off the license. A win win situation for both parties.

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