The National Driver Improvement Scheme (NDIS) finds its origins within the North Report (the Road Traffic Law Review 1988) whose author, Dr Peter North, pointed out that “It must be in the public interest to rectify a fault rather than punish the transgressor” and said “Re-training of traffic offenders may lead to an improvement in their driving, particularly if their training is angled towards their failings.” He went on to recommend a pilot of one day’s re-training in basic driving skills for offenders.
This scheme was adopted by all Police Forces in the United Kingdom before being replaced with the National Driver Alertness Course. NDIS courses are now available in two locations, Avon and Somerset, and Scotland.
The NDIS Service Providers page on this website gives details of the two areas where NDIS courses are available, together with web links and telephone numbers for the Service Providers where these are available.
The fee payable for a course varies between Service Providers. The fee is payable prior to attending the course.
The Course involves a mixture of driving theory, utilising the latest researched thinking on ‘low-risk' driving techniques, combined with modern training methods in practical on-road driving.
If a client accepts the offer to attend a course but then fails to attend or successfully complete, the Service Provider will refer the client back to the relevant Police force for a decision to be made in respect of further action.
After successfully completing the course the police report on the motorist’s file will be closed and no further action taken. The date of course completion is recorded. If the motorist is involved an another road traffic incident of a similar type within three years from the date of the offence, then the matter will automatically be considered for prosecution as another offer will not be made.
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