Background to Driver Alertness Course
The national Driver Alertness Course allows the Police to give certain motorists involved in a road traffic collision the opportunity to attend a driver re-education course.
When a driver 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', the person involved is 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 Driver Alertness Course.
The course fee payable is £130.00 in Greater Manchester (but may vary throughout the country), for the one-day course. This fee is payable prior to attending. The Course is delivered by specialist Department for Transport Approved Driving Instructors. The Course involves a mixture of driving theory, which combines the latest thinking on defensive driving techniques with modern training methods and practical on-road driving.
After attending and successfully completing the course, no further action will be taken for this particular incident. Details of the course completion is recorded and held on a national database. If the driver is involved in another similar offence falling under the same criteria within 3 years of the original offence, a second course will not be offered in lieu of proceedings.
Once a driver has accepted the offer to attend a course but then fails to attend or successfully complete, the case would then be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and ultimately be dealt with by the Magistrates Court.
A list of areas offering the scheme can be found on the NDORS