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The Courses

NDORS offer a range of courses which are designed to cover most low level moving traffic offences. The scheme is operated on behalf of the police service who outline the type of offender and the offences and from this the courses are developed (reviewed every three years). The Chief Officer of Police has the absolute discretion to offer one of these courses to an offender instead of a prosecution. An offender has no automatic right to a course. Courses are an alternative to prosecution.  However, if after considering all the facts it is concluded that it would not be in the public interest to offer a course, the normal prosecution process would apply.

The courses are designed by the NDORS Course Development Unit, comprising of leading behavioural change and transport academics, experienced and senior practitioners from the world of enforcement and road safety.

Each course that is developed is based on latest research and evaluated. This allows NDORS to demonstrate that the courses are ‘fit for purpose.’ Before a course is rolled out nationally for the public to use, it is piloted in a controlled environment and then changes may be made before it is officially launched as a National NDORS course.

The providers, who operate under a NDORS licence, come from both public and private sector organisations, and some police forces provide the NDORS courses from their own resources. All providers have to comply with the national arrangements, so for example you should see the same course in Newcastle as you would see Norwich.

If you have been offered a course and you want to book to go on one, please read the information in your offer letter. You must use this link below to take you to the designated website https://offer.ndors.org.uk

If you wish to find the cost and contact details of Course Providers please visit the document library of this website.

Safe and Considerate Driving (SCD)

The Safe and Considerate Driving Course is a two-part course aimed at those drivers who have been involved in a collision without serious consequences, where their driving has amounted to a lapse of concentration or an error of judgement. Part one of the course is conducted in the classroom, followed by a break with part two being conducted on the road under the supervision of a qualified Driving Coach.

This course aims to create safer communities by increasing the likelihood that participants drive safely and considerately, in line with the Highway Code. It has the following objectives:”

  • Increase their own understanding of what constitutes safe and considerate driving, and the ways in which the Highway Code supports this.
  • Increase their own understanding of the causes and negative consequences – for themselves and for others – of risky and inconsiderate driving.
  • Increase understanding of their own personal susceptibility to these consequences.
  • Increase understanding of the extent to which other road users drive in accordance with the Highway Code – and expect them to do so too.
  • Increase their own understanding of the importance of concentration, observation, anticipation and allowing adequate space and time.
  • Increase their own awareness of reasons why their own driving is unsafe or inconsiderate, and encourage them to create an action plan to address personally relevant issues.
  • Improve their driving behaviours and skills through practical, personalised, on-road coaching.

The total course time including registration and breaks is 8 hours.

National Driver Alertness Course - NDAC

This course is aimed at those motorists who have been involved in a minor collision, where the driving is careless or inconsiderate. The course involves a mixture of classroom and on-road driving. For the on-road element, there are two students per car with an accredited instructor.

The total course time including registration and breaks is 7 hours 15 minutes

National Speed Awareness Course (NSAC)

This course is designed to cover appropriate speeding offences detected by Automatic Camera Devices and Police Officers. (Motorways where the speed limit is posted on variable roadside and overhead gantry signs have separate courses)  The law allows the police to enforce the limit as it is posted, in other words in a 30 mph area the law allows the  police to enforce at 31 mph and above. Police forces will consider local conditions and any appropriate cases can be referred to the course.

The scheme allows drivers/riders who have committed the offence of speeding to be offered a course in the area of their choice, providing the force in question has adopted the national scheme arrangements.

The National Speed Awareness course is delivered entirely in a classroom.  Completing the course makes it less likely that people will have another speeding offence. The course is designed to give people information and tips to help them:

  • know what the speed limit is;
  • understand why a few mph makes a difference;
  • control the speed of their vehicle; and
  • select a safe speed.

The trainers who lead people through the course will try to make it relaxed and informative. Many people tell us that they expected the course to be dull, yet they were surprised how much they enjoyed it and how much it will help them on the road. There are usually up to 24 people on each course and they spend some time listening to the trainers, watching videos, discussing in groups, and helping one another plan how to stay safe on the roads.

The total course time including registration and breaks is 4 hours.

National RIDE Course (RiDE)

The RiDE (Rider intervention Developing Experience) course has been designed for motorcyclists (one of the highest groups of being involved in serious injury collision) whose behaviour has brought them to the attention of the Police. This course, based in the classroom addresses the behaviour of those motorcyclists whose riding could be described as thrill or sensation seeking. It also caters for those who, by the very nature of their riding, could be perceived as anti-social or careless.

If a motorcyclist is caught within the range of the NSAC Course (above), they will still be offered a speed awareness course.

The total course time including registration and breaks is 6 hours.

Driving 4 CHANGE Course

non-collision

This course is based on the road and lasts for 2 hours 15 minutes. There are two students per car with an instructor. Driving 4 Change addresses a lack of driving skill, for example, a lapse of concentration, an error of judgement, a general mistake, or a lack of awareness of the law relating to the offence that he or she has committed.

  • the importance of concentration, observation, anticipation and allowing adequate space and time
  • the reasons why their own driving may be unsafe or inconsiderate.

 

What's Driving Us? Course (WDU)

What’s Driving Us? is a half-day course designed for clients referred for reasons including: offences relating to driving without due care and attention, control or consideration, including tailgating; traffic light offences; crossing a solid white line; stopping, overtaking or failing to give precedence in zebra/puffin/pelican areas; stopping at school gates; and contravening a no-entry sign. Clients are referred to What’s Driving Us? as an alternative to a Fixed Penalty Notice. The course increases clients’ awareness and understanding of:

  • the causes and negative consequences of risky and inconsiderate driving
  • the importance of concentration, observation, anticipation and allowing adequate space and time
  • the reasons why their own driving may be unsafe or inconsiderate.

The course duration inclusive of registration and breaks is 4 hours

NSAC 20

(The National Speed Awareness Course for 20 mph Zones and Limits)

This classroom-based course lasting three hours, enables the police to target the unawareness and unintentional behaviour that can be reasonably associated with the enforcement of 20 mph zones/limits.

This course will be decommissioned in the last quarter of 2018 and be absorbed into the generic National Speed Awareness Course.

The total course time including registration and breaks is 3 hours 15 minutes.

National Motorway Awareness Course (NMAC)

This course may be offered at the discretion of the local Chief Police Officer to those motorists driving on motorways who have been detected exceeding the active variable speed limit (as electronically displayed on the overhead gantries and roadside electronic signs) either by a police officer or an automated camera device. This course also caters for motorists who have passed through a mandatory Red X lane closure signal, and for infringements occurring on hard shoulders and emergency refuge areas.

The total course time including registration and breaks is 3 hours 45 minutes.

Course fees and refunds

You are responsible for paying the course fee in full before you take the course. If you book and pay for a course then choose to re-book it with the same course provider, you may have to pay a re-booking/ administration fee.

If you change to another course provider after you have booked, or do not complete the course, you may have to forfeit some of the booking fee charged by the course provider but the cost recovery money MUST automatically be refunded to you by the course provider.

If you think you were entitled to a refund under this policy, please contact the course provider you booked with.

 

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