NDORS is a scheme unique to the UK, where a motorist who has been caught committing, a relevant traffic offence, e.g. speeding (only a few miles per hour over the speed limit, although the law allows the police to enforce a speed limit as it is posted - 31 mph in a 30 limit) provided there are no aggravating circumstances. At the discretion of the local Chief Constable an offending motorist may be offered opportunity to attend a course focusing on re-education designed to achieve greater compliance with the Road Traffic legislation. Nobody has the absolute right to a NDORS course. The alternative is the motorist may have to pay a fine and have penalty points on their licence.
NDORS courses do not have a pass or fail element (with the exception of the 'Your Belt - Your Life' Course). The courses focus on changing driving behaviour and attitudes. The main aim of the course is to prevent motorists re-offending i.e. doing the same thing again. Anybody caught committing an offence and meeting the eligibility criteria may only be offered one course within a three year time period. If a person commits a similar offence again within three years, they will usually have to pay a fine and have points on their licence. They will be dealt with by the usual criminal justice process.
NDORS courses are not appropriate for an offender whose actions amount to high risk or having the potential to cause harm. Nobody has an automatic right to be offered a NDORS course as it is entirely within the discretion of the police to make the offer or proceed with the offender through the criminal justice system. The scheme meets all the principles of fairness and equality legislation, is human rights compliant and adheres strictly to the data protection act. NDORS issues policies and guidance to police forces and course providers to facilitate the scheme meeting its aims.
Courses are provided across the whole of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland also work with NDORS and provide some of the courses. An offender can chose to take a course any where of their choice, where they are available and they do not have to return to the place where the offence was committed, unless they want to. This website helps those who are looking for courses to make that choice. There is a charge for the courses. Once an offender has decided where they would like to go on the course, they must pay the course provider before attending the course. Included in that sum is an amount of money that goes back to the Police Force where the offence took place, to cover the cost of processing the offence and the course offer. Working this way means that the courses pay for themselves rather than receiving funding through local money, which would be diverted from other much needed services.
When a person has successfully attended and completed a course, their details are kept on a national database. This ensures that if a person is caught committing a similar offence within three years from the date of the original offence they cannot be offered another course. i.e if you have a Speed Awareness Course, you cant have another Speed related course until 3 years have elapsed from the date of the original offence.
Once a person has been on the course then no further action will be taken, there is no fine to pay and they will not have any points put onto their licence.
Any person who has been made a course offer and decides that they don't want to do it or anybody who accepts to go on a course and who fails to attend and complete the course, will have their offence dealt with through the criminal justice process.