Motor insurer Admiral has revealed that it treats people who've been on such a course as having committed a speeding offense, in the same way as if they'd taken the points and fine. That in turn will usually push up premium quotes. Admiral, which owns several smaller specialist firms, reportedly insures almost one in ten UK drivers.
The revelation to the BBC comes in stark contrast to claims made by many police authorities that attending such courses will not affect premiums. For some drivers that may well be a deciding factor in choosing to attend.
Police officials say they fear insurers changing prices in this way could deter people from going on the courses, which in turn could reduce the chances of them changing their driving habits. Some police authorities have now been forced to remove statements on their sites that the course won't lead to premium hikes.
The AA went even further, saying Admiral's policy was completely self-contradictory as it missed an opportunity to encourage safer driving and thus reduce the insured risk.
Admiral maintains that putting up prices is the only logical way to proceed because its statistics show drivers who've committed a speeding offence are higher risk customers.