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Against the Misuse of Police Waivers


Stopping the Abuse of Police Waivers

About this Campaign

This page summarises the objectives of this campaign. By clicking on the “Next” link below you can step through other pages that give more explanation of the reasons for the campaign, and the evidence that supports our claims of a massive abuse of police powers.

This campaign against the misuse of speed awareness courses (named AMPOW) was created because the actions of the police in offering such "Education Courses" as an alternative to prosecution for speeding and other offences are distorting road safety policy. It is leading to the proliferation of speed cameras and threatened prosecutions because the police now have a direct financial incentive to maximise their activities in this area. This is wrong.

In our view there is no statutory support for this activity and it is contrary to law. In addition it is a perversion of justice for the police to waive prosecution on the basis of money being paid to them.


There is also no evidence that putting people through a speed-awareness course has any impact on their subsequent accident record, or behaviour in general. So what we now have is an enormous industry dedicated to raising money to pay course operators, the police and other organisations who benefit from these arrangements.

The Government has claimed that the police only recover their "administration" costs but that is not in fact true. They are actually using their proportion of fees paid by course attendees to finance more cameras and more staff to operate them plus to fund other equipment and activities from the surpluses generated.

We ask the Government to put a stop to these arrangements forthwith simply because Parliament has never approved these activities.

Please support this campaign to persuade the Government to regulate and restrict these activities and help us fund a legal challenge if necessary.

If you agree with us, and wish to stop the financing of speed cameras by this dubious practice which has nothing to do with improving road safety, please register your interest by signing our petition here:


Stop the slush fund that finances more cameras - sign the petition now.

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If you wish for a summary of all the contents of this web site that you can print out, read at your leisure or pass to others, click here for a pdf document: Speed-Awareness-Campaign-Summary.

A presentation that was given to ABD Members in 2016 and which summarises the campaign purposes and activities is present here: Ampow-Presentation (fees payable to the police were increased subsequently).

This campaign was founded by the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) in July 2016 - see below.

This campaign is supported by the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) - see foot of page for information on the ABD.

About the ABD

The ABD was founded in 1992 under the name of the Association of British Drivers and later merged with the Drivers Alliance to form the Alliance of British Drivers. The ABD is a voluntary organisation promoting the interests and concerns of Britain's drivers. With cars, vans and taxis accounting for 80% of the mileage of all trips in the UK, and over 65% of goods being carried by road, the road network and the people who use it are of vital importance to the nation's economy.

The Alliance of British Drivers is a not-for-profit organisation that is owned and controlled by its members (incorporated as a company limited by guarantee). We are independent and simply represent the views of our members who are representative of the mass of road users in the UK. Anyone can join the ABD so as to help to support our aims. We promote your views to national and local Government bodies, and provide information to our members and the general public. We try to counter the misinformation spread by many people on the use of private vehicles, and we promote freedom of choice about how you travel.

This campaign is just one of many issues we promote which include:

More information on the ABD including membership is available from the national ABD web site here: