Driving 4 Change (D4C)

“The Driving 4 Change pilot scheme has been put into place to offer drivers an alternative to potential prosecution, or the Fixed Penalty system of a fine and penalty points.”

Steering WheelThe Driving 4 Change pilot scheme has been put into place to give the Police discretion to offer drivers who commit selected road traffic offences the opportunity to attend a course as an alternative to potential prosecution, or the Fixed Penalty system of a fine and penalty points.

The course aims to raise driver’s awareness of individual driving skills deficits and to start the process that will allow drivers to addressing them.

As this is a controlled pilot scheme offered by a limited number of service providers at this stage, any driver who is offered the option of attending the scheme will only be able to select a course in one of the participating regions.

All schemes offered by the Police as an alternative to the prosecution process find their origins within the North Report (the Road Traffic Law Review 1988) whose author, Dr Peter North, pointed out that “It must be in the public interest to rectify a fault rather than punish the transgressor” and said “Re-training of traffic offenders may lead to an improvement in their driving, particularly if their training is angled towards their failings.”

Why should you attend this Driver Awareness course?

  • Avoid a fine and points on your license or possible court appearance
  • Feedback from previous attendees indicates drivers benefit from the course
  • Booking a course is easy – either online or by telephone
  • A practical on-road course – no classroom attendance required
  • Choose a date and time that suits you – even weekends or evenings may be available
  • Learn in a relaxed atmosphere

The Driving 4 Change course takes 2½ hours to complete and the price will vary depending on the training venue location you choose.

Some additional information on the course is below:

  • In car training only
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Helping reduce risk to you and other road users
  • Training tailored to each individuals needs
  • 2 delegates to 1 trainer
  • Fully qualified instructor

The National Driving 4 Change course is run throughout England by a selection of training providers.

To view all course locations that are available nationally please visit https://dors.police.uk/ You will need your driving license number to hand. To view additional information on this national scheme please visit www.driver-improvement.co.uk.

Once a motorist has completed a course they will be ineligible for another course offer if they reoffend within 3 years of the original offence.