In order to design effective Courses which make a difference, NDORS retains a Course Development Unit with access to a number of leading academics in the field of designing courses to achieve behavioural change in Road users.
Many offences can lead to an endorsement on a Driver Record as a result of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution through the Courts. The classroom-based courses can be offered by the Police as an alternative disposal method for certain offences. However, if the individual declines the Course Offer, or does not complete the Course, the offence is reverted to a Fixed Penalty or a prosecution. It is therefore of paramount importance that the Police can verify that the individual who attends the Course is the person who admitted to the offence. Such verification through an on-line Course, whilst not technically impossible, presents a number of challenges particularly in relation to data protection and admissibility for Court proceedings.
There are also a number of other reasons why the classroom-based delivery is used for endorsable offences:
The NDORS Course Development Unit are constantly reviewing the courses and their effectiveness in addressing the offending behaviour they target. On-line courses for endorsable offences will only be considered when they are shown to be at least as effective as classroom-based courses and all of the other hurdles can be overcome.
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