National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS)
The Police have been operating the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) as a pre-Criminal Justice disposal option for minor moving Road Traffic Offences since 1991. This was developed from the recommendations in the Road Traffic Law Review of 1988. Probably the most familiar of these courses will be the ‘Speed Awareness’ course, but a number of other courses are also offered.
Subject to eligibility, the driver/rider pays for the cost of the course in lieu of the fine and penalty points in place for the offence, which can be anything from speeding to failing to stop at a red light. The course can be undertaken anywhere in the country where it is available.
A driver can only access each course once in 3 years; further offences of a similar nature will be dealt with via the Criminal Justice system. To enforce this regime NDORS maintain a national register of drivers attending these courses.