The Driving4Change pilot scheme has been put into place to give, the Police discretion to offer drivers who commit selected road traffic offences the opportunity to attend a course as an alternative to potential prosecution, or the Fixed Penalty system of a fine and penalty points.
The course aims to raise driver’s awareness of individual driving skills deficits and to start the process that will allow drivers to addressing them.
As this is a controlled pilot scheme offered by a limited number of service providers at this stage, any driver who is offered the option of attending the scheme will only be able to select a course in one of the participating regions.
All schemes offered by the Police as an alternative to the prosecution process find their 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.”
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