National Driver Alertness Course

The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales & Northern Ireland (ACPO) favour education rather than punishment for certain offences where the driver would benefit from attending an appropriate course rather than receiving a fine and penalty points.

For many years, Staffordshire County Council have been providing the National Driver Alertness Course on behalf of Staffordshire Police, this being a one day course consisting of a mixture of in-class and on-road training.

When a person is involved in a Road Traffic Incident and evidence is collated by the Police which indicates that they have been 'Driving Without Due Care and Attention or Reasonable Consideration to Other Road Users' contrary to Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act, 1988, the person/s involved are given an option to either have the incident referred to the Crown Prosecution Service where they may receive a fine and penalty points on their driving licence, or an opportunity to attend a National Driver Alertness Course.

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After attending and successfully completing the course, the driver will be notified by the relevant Police Authority that no further action will be taken for their particular incident. The date of course completion is recorded and on a National Database. If the driver is involved in another road traffic incident, falling under the same criteria within 3 years of the course completion date a second course will not be offered in lieu of proceedings.

National Driver Alertness Course

Course aim:

  • Reduce crashes, injuries and deaths on the roads
  • Improve quality of life in our communities

Course format:

  • 09.00 - 09.15 - Registration and welcome
  • 09.15 - 11.35 - Classroom session 1
  • 11.35 - 12.05 - Light buffet brunch (provided)
  • 12.05 - 14.00 - Driving session 1
  • 14.00 - 14.15 - Break and workbook activity
  • 14.15 - 16.15 - Driving session 2
  • 16.15 - 16.45 - Course summary and conclusion

Course Cost:

The National Driver Alertness Scheme is completely self financing and costs £125.00. Refreshments and brunch are provided during the in-class elements. 

Course Locations:

Courses will be held in either Staffordshire Fire & Rescue HQ, Pirehill, near Stone, or in Central Staffordshire, at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ, Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley.

Precise details, including a venue location map, are provided to attendees. (see below)

Completion criteria:

The National Driver Alertness Course is an alternative to prosecution; this means that if it is satisfactorily completed, no further action will be taken against the driver for the original offence.

Satisfactory completion simply means attending for all sections of the course and making a positive contribution throughout the day.

Willful non-compliance or willful misbehaviour whilst on the course will result in the driver being expelled from the course. Their file will be returned to the referring Police Authority who will proceed with prosecution for the original offence.

It is a statutory requirement that any course offered must be completed within 5 months of the driver's offence date and only one course option can be accepted within any three year period.

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PLEASE NOTE
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