NDORS offer a range of courses which are designed to cover most low level moving traffic offences. NDORS Manages the scheme on behalf of the police service, who outline the type of offender and the offences, from this the courses are developed. The Chief Constable or the Commissioner of Police in London have the unfettered discretion to offer one of these courses to an offender instead of a prosecution. An offender has no automatic right to a course. They are an alternative to prosecution and If the circumstances are such that the nature of the offence and the offender, and any other circumstances are considered such that it would not be in the public interest to offer a course, then a fixed penalty ticket or an appearance before the court will be given.
The courses are designed by the NDORS Course Development Unit, comprising of operational policing representatives, leading behavioural change and transport academics, experienced and senior practitioners from the world of 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 tested in a police force area (s) and then changes may be made before it is officially launched as a National NDORS course.
Course providers are usually commissioned by the local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) after going through a procurement programme and awarded a contract to deliver the courses in a force area. The providers 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
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, 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 those motorcyclists 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 and also those who by the very nature of their riding could be defined as anti-social or careless, thereby attracting a criminal prosecution had there been no course. 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 for those offenders caught not wearing a seat belt, where there is no exemption. The course is completed either on-line or by a workbook.
Driving 4 *CHANGE (D4C) (Changing Habits Achieves New Good Experiences) 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 National What’s Driving Us? course (WDU) is a short classroom based course (three hours plus a 15 minute break) targeted at offenders who have committed a wide range of offences including using mobile phones while driving, going through red lights, aggressive tailgating, crossing solid white lines when overtaking etc.. It is targeted at drivers whose attitudes (rather than skills deficits) mean they take risks on the road and drive without consideration for others, and therefore have the potential to represent a danger to themselves and other road users. While motorists on the course will have committed a wide range of offences, the course has a common aim, achieved by means of common set of objectives.
This classroom based course (which is an interim course) lasting three hours, enables the police to target the newness,unawareness and unintentional behaviour that can be reasonably associated with the enforcement of 20 mph zones / limits.
This course may be offered at the discretion of the local Chief Constable 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 as with the NSAC course described above, the police can apply enforcement limit at which it is set. This course also caters for motorists who have passed through a mandatory Red X lane closure signal, and also for infringements occurring on hard shoulders and emergency refuge areas. A classroom based course, it lasts for 3 hours 45 mins 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 rebook it with the same course provider you may have to pay a rebooking/administration fee. However from 01.04.2012 you will not be expected to pay again for the cost recovery element that is returned to the referring police force (from 01.09.2017 - £49) as this is only payable once. 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.
To read our policy on this matter please follow this link: 160907_DORS_Status_and_RefundsV3.pdf