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“If you are involved in an accident and the insurer looks into your history and sees you’ve been on a speeding course they could say ‘You didn’t tell us about this, you’re not covered’.” He added: “The police don’t want people to know this because they make a lot of money out of the courses.” The Telegraph can confirm that two companies set up with close links to the now-defunct Association of Chief Police Officers are now entwined with the organisation’s successor, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).An NPCC spokesman said Suzette Davenport, the chief constable of Gloucestershire Police, sits on the board of the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS), which registered a £44 million turnover last year for providing safety awareness courses.

The courses, which cost between £80 and £150, allow drivers to avoid penalty points on their licences.Shop French brands like Soft Grey and Taillissime or guest brands such as Ellos, Nike and Levi's.Buy and earn cashback rewards with these great offers.Ian Belchamber, a campaigner who runs an anti-speed camera campaign in Dorset, said: “The police’s actions are potentially resulting in people driving uninsured because they haven’t told motorists to tell their insurers about the speed awareness course.“I would make sure your insurer knows you’ve been on a course regardless of whether they specifically ask for that information.Idris Francis, another campaigner against speed cameras, said: “The whole system is incestuous because it’s jobs for police officers and retired police officers.” Tim Ryan, deputy chairman of the British Insurance Brokers' Association, has confirmed insurers are “perfectly entitled” to hike the premiums of drivers who have attended a course.

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