Driver Improvement Scheme - History and Background

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” he 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 a 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 (NDAC). NDIS courses are now only available in Scotland.

The NDIS Course Providers page on this website gives details of the Course Provider for Scotland.

The course fee is payable prior to attending the course.

The Course involves a mixture of driving theory utilizing 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 fails to successfully complete, the Course Provider will refer the client back to the relevant Police force for further action.

After successfully completing the course the police report on the motorist’s file will be closed and no further action taken. 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 course offer will not be made.