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.
This course is aimed at those motorists who have been involved in a minor collision, where the driving is careless or inconsiderate. The course lasts for one day and involves a mixture of classroom and on-road driving. For the on-road element, there are two students per car with an accredited instructor.
This course is designed to cover appropriate speeding offences detected by Automatic Camera Devices and Police Officers. ( 20 mph zones and Motorways where the speed limit is posted on variable roadside and overhead gantry signs have separate courses) The speed limit is absolute as 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 National Speed Awareness Scheme will allow 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 course lasts for four hours and is based entirely within a classroom.
The RIDE 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 and lasting for five hours, 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.
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 What’s Driving Us Course lasts for four hours and is classroom-based. It is for those drivers where the evidence suggests by an act or omission their mischief was intentional or deliberate i.e. the driver knew their actions amounted to an offence.
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.
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. This is a 3 hour 45 minute classroom based course inclusive of breaks and administration.
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.