The concept of driver retraining was introduced by Dr P North as far back as 1988, but not adopted by the government until much later. Dr P North believed that there was little evidence to show that punishing offenders raised standards in motorists driving and that retraining was more likely to bring about improvement in their driving, particularly if the retraining concentrated on the shortcomings in their driving.

Often if you have not yet been charged you can write a letter of representation to the police to influence their decision to offer you a driver awareness course?

Unsure as to what to write let us do it for you.

Driver Alertness

This can be offered to a motorist who is involved in a road traffic accident where there has been a collision and it would justify an offence under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988(driving without due care and attention or inconsiderate driving).

The decision to offer the course should be made on the failing in the motorist’s driving, and not the consequences of that failing, although there is some consideration to the consequences if they are so serious that they would justify a prosecution i.e. life threatening injuries, fatality or permanent disability.

The course costs £125-£200 depending on the course provider. The course runs for 6 hours and includes both classroom and practical driving sessions.

What's Driving Us

This course can be offered where a motorist makes an act or omission in driving which does not involve a collision. The aim is to correct the mischief, intentional or deliberate act done by the motorist.

It is for offences such as using a mobile phone whilst driving, or not being in a position to have proper control, which might attract this sort of course. If there is a high risk of a collision or harm then the police are unlikely to offer this course.

The course costs £80-£100. It is classroom based and lasts 3.25 hours.

Driving 4 Change

This course can be offered when a motorist makes minor error in judgement or has a lapse in concentration, or otherwise demonstrates a lack of awareness as to the law or the wider consequences of his/her actions.

The course will costs £80-£100 depending on the provider. It lasts two and a quarter hours and is a practical course.

What do I need to do the course?

You must be able to read a number plate with or without glasses in good daylight at a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet), or 20 metres (65 feet) if it is a new style number plate.

You must be the holder of a full driving licence.



Provides general guidance to police officers about what they should take into account:

1. The circumstances of the incident, which will be things such as the time of day,     presence of other motorists, risk of collision or injury to name but a few.

2. Any other additional evidence which may be evidence pertaining to the motorist.

3. The defendant’s explanation.

4. Before deciding to prosecute, as opposed to offering the course, they should apply the

CPS full code test for charging, which means there should be:-

  • Evidence of the offence


  • It is in the public interest to prosecute.

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