A spokesman for the National Police Chief’s Council said: “More drivers are attending these courses as an alternative to prosecution. The course aims to educate motorists to improve their knowledge and behaviour whilst on the road, and is designed to contribute to reducing deaths and casualties.
“These courses are offered to people who commit low level traffic offences. Police forces do not make money from the courses; they only receive processing costs.”
But Hugh Bladon, of the Alliance of British Drivers, disagreed that the police were not receiving income.
He said: “Police forces are clearly making money from these courses. There is obviously an incentive for the motorist who does not want to get points, but there is clearly an incentive for the police forces, and that is to make money.
“The police are almost acting like judge and jury and it does not seem to me to be correct.”