Celebrity Lawyer, Nick Freeman
Speeding motorists are being misled into believing their insurance premiums will be unaffected by attending driving awareness courses, celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman has warned.
Mr Freeman said it was the duty of every driver opting for the £90 course to inform their insurance company – if not then their policy might be invalidated.
However, this was in stark contrast to the advice given by those running the courses, who maintain that because it is not classed as a criminal offence the insurers do not need to know.
However, a number of insurance companies, including Admiral, say that it treats drivers who take the course in exactly the same way as those who opt for a fine and points, ie increased insurance premiums.
Mr Freeman said: “Drivers committing low-level speeding offences arre given the option of either attending a speed awareness course or accepting a fine and penalty points.
“Many choose the course as they believe it to be financially beneficial to them.
“Only last week, those attending a course in North Yorkshire were specifically advised that they had no duty to inform their insurance company ‘because no one will find out’!
“This is simply untrue and misleading. Whilst the completion of a speed awareness course is not categorised as a criminal offence, never the less the onus is on the driver to inform their insurance company.
“The same principle also applies to driver improvement courses.”
He added: “The withholding of this vital information may result in substantial civil claims being pursued against the company running the courses.”
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, Freeman & Co, on 0161 236 7007
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760