National Driver Alertness Course

“Following a successful pilot and evaluation period from October 2009 to April 2010, many Police forces adopted the National Driver Alertness Course (NDAC) to replace the National Driver Improvement Course (NDIS).”

AttentionFollowing a successful pilot and evaluation period from October 2009 to April 2010, many Police forces adopted the National Driver Alertness Course (NDAC) to replace the National Driver Improvement Course (NDIS).

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.”

When a motorist is involved in a Road Traffic Incident and there is sufficient evidence which indicates that they have been "Driving Without Due Care and Attention, or Driving Without Reasonable Consideration for Other Road Users" contrary to Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, or other like offences, they may be given an option to attend a National Driver Alertness Course. This is offered as an alternative to having the incident referred to the Crown Prosecution Service which usually results in a Summons to attend court where the driver may receive a fine and penalty points on their driving licence.

Why should you attend this Driver Awareness course?

  • Drivers say they benefit from the experience
  • Book a course at a time and date that suits you best
  • Booking a course is simple – online or via telephone
  • Avoid a potential court appearance
  • Train in a relaxed atmosphere
  • There are no pass or fail tests to complete – your active participation will be required

The Driver Alertness Course (originally known as the Driver Improvement Course) takes one day to complete and the price will vary depending on the training venue location you choose.

The course structure is:

  • Morning classroom session
  • On-road driving awareness session with a fully qualified instructor
  • Working lunch involving a workbook exercise
  • Feedback from instructor
  • Return to classroom for a summary

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.