National Driver Improvement Scheme

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 receiving a fine and penalty points.

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.

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

The aim of the course is as follows:

  • To reduce crashes, injuries and deaths on the roads
  • To improve quality of life in our communities

Course format:

Course Format
 Time Activity
 9.00am to 9.15am Registration and Welcome
 9.15am to 11.00am Classroom session 1
 11.00am to 11.15am Coffee break
 11.15am to 1.15pm Drive 1
 1.15pm to 1.45pm Lunch break
 1.45pm to 2.00pm Workbook activities with Instructor 
 2.00pm to 3.45pm Drive 2
 3.45pm to 4.45pm Classroom session 2

Course Cost:

The National Driver Alertness Scheme is completely self financing and costs £125.00. Refreshments are provided during the in-class elements but in order to keep the cost of the course as low as possible, while a lunch break is scheduled, food is not provided. Attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch or they can purchase snack lunches at the venues used for lunch breaks.

Course Locations:

Courses will be held in either North Staffordshire, at SiTECH, Longton, or in Central Staffordshire, at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ, Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley.

Precise details, including a venue location map, are provided to attendees.

PDF SiTech car parkSiTECH location map| (117 KB)

Staffs Wildlife Trust location mapStaffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ location map (129 KB) 

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.

Non-Staffordshire course locations:

Drivers can elect to attend a National Driver Alertness Course within any of the following areas as these Police forces are also part of the National Pilot scheme.

  • Metropolitan Police region
  • Greater Manchester Police region
  • Gwent Police region
  • Thames Valley Police region
  • Humberside Police region
  • Devon and Cornwall Police region
  • Lancashire Police region
  • South Yorkshire Police region
  • South Wales Police region

Further Information

For further information please visit the Staffordshire Safer Roads Website|, or contact us using the following information:

Staffordshire County Council's Road Safety Unit
Telephone: 01785 276617

Opening times:

  • 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday
  • 9am to 4.30pm Friday
  • Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays

24hr answer service in operation during busy times or during out of office hours.

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