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Safe and considerate driving

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 an educational course. 

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.

Safe and Considerate Driving Course (SCD)

Course aim

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

Course format

  • 08:30 - Registration and Eyesight Test
  • 09:00 - Course commences
  • 11:00 - Break
  • 11:10 - Session 2 commences
  • 12:50 - Lunch Break
  • 13:20 - Afternoon On Road session commences
  • 15:00 - Break (upto 30 mins)
  • 16:20 - Clients and Coaches arrive back in classroom
  • 16:45 - Course Ends.

Course Cost

The SCD Course currently costs £170.00. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

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.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford. ST17 0YA

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust HQ Map

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue HQ, Pirehill, Stone, Staffordshire. ST15 0BS

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue HQ Map

Completion criteria

The SCD 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.

You may do these courses anywhere in the UK. To find out where they run please visit the NDORS website. Please note this is an information site and you will need to contact the course provider to book a course.

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