A new survey has revealed that penalty points are a postcode lottery.
Depending on where you live, you could either be handed penalty points on your licence or be offered an awareness course for driving offences.
The survey covers England and Wales and was carried out by solicitors Caddick Davies via a Freedom of Information request.
If an offence such as speeding or not wearing a seatbelt was committed in West Yorkshire, drivers were much more likely to be handed points.
Merseyside is the area where you are most likely to be offered an awareness course instead of points.
The survey also revealed that there are different courses available but only in certain areas. For example, areas such as Norfolk and Humberside offered courses such as seatbelt safety, driver behaviour and motorcycle only, as well as the standard speed awareness.
Areas where you’re least likely to be offered an awareness course:
West Yorkshire Police, 15.28% take up
Cambridgeshire Police, 21.93% take up
Nottinghamshire Police, 24.08% take up
City of London Police, 25.91% take up
Gloucestershire Police, 32.78% take up
Areas where you’re most likely to be offered an awareness course:
Merseyside Police, 78.82% take up
Norfolk Police, 66.04% take up
Essex Police, 61% take up
Northamptonshire Police, 54% take up
Suffolk Police, 51% take up