Lancashire Constabulary is committed to road safety and participates in several nationally recognised training schemes offered as an alternative to a fixed penalty or proceedings before the Magistrates’ Court.
There are a number of retraining courses offered to motorists committing offences in the Lancashire area:
National What’s Driving Us Course
The aim of the course is to produce safer and more responsible attitudes towards driving and to increase motivation to drive with consideration for other road users.
National Speed Awareness Course
The course covers why people speed, what difference speed makes, what could happen if you speed, how to recognise the speed limit, hazard perception and defensive driving strategies.
National Seat belt Course
The aim is to influence a motorist’s behaviour through a series of interactive scenarios to help them make safer choices; it is based online, with an assessment at the end.
National RIDE Course
This course is designed as an intervention for motorcyclists whose behaviour has brought them to the attention of the police and addresses the behaviour of those whose riding could be described as thrill or sensation seeking and also those who by the very nature of their riding could be defined as anti-social or careless. It can also be used for motorcyclists demonstrating careless riding that has led to a collision.
Safe and Considerate Driving Course
This course may be offered following a road traffic collision/incident as an alternative to proceedings before the Magistrates’ Court for due care type offences; this course lasts a full day and includes both theory and practical sessions.
The aim of this course is to raise awareness on the major causes of road crashes, how stress, fatigue, attitudes and behaviour affect safe driving, to improve understanding of appropriate speeds, hazard recognition and defensive driving methods and to be self-critical on driving errors and to improve driving skills.
National Motorway Awareness Course (NMAC)
Lancashire Constabulary is now accommodating clients who have been offered a NMAC course by another Force area. This course may be offered to those motorists driving on motorways, who have been detected exceeding the active variable speed limit (as electronically displayed on the overhead gantries and roadside electronic signs) either by a police officer or an automated camera device. This course also caters for motorists who have passed through a mandatory Red X lane closure signal, and also for infringements occurring on hard shoulders and emergency refuge areas.
After Successful Completion of your Course
Upon satisfactory completion of these course Lancashire Constabulary will take no further action in relation to the alleged offence. You will therefore not be required to comply with the original fixed penalty and as the matter will not proceed to court, nor will you be liable for any additional penalty points, fines or disqualification that could be imposed by a Magistrates’ Court.
Please note if you believe yourself not guilty of the alleged offence you should carefully consider whether to accept a course offer and instead elect a court hearing to challenge the evidence.
Conditions of the Course Offer
You must book your course within 28 days of the date of the offer letter.
If you fail to do so the course offer will be withdrawn; you may have time to accept the conditional offer of fixed penalty (if applicable) or the matter will proceed to the Magistrates’ Court.
If you accept the conditional offer of fixed penalty by paying your fine to HMCTS any course offer, whether paid for or not, will be withdrawn and the option to attend a course removed. The course is an alternative to prosecution – you must only elect one option only.
It is a condition of the scheme that you complete the course within five months of the date of the offence. If this condition is not met the offer will be withdrawn and the matter will be passed back to the police for further action.
If you complete a course you will not be allowed to take the same course within 3 years of the date of the alleged offence.
Data Protection Act 1988
If you elect to take the course, you agree to your details being checked by us against a national register to establish if you have completed a similar course within the last three years of this offence.
If you complete the course, your details relating to this course will remain on file for road safety research purposes for a further seven years from the date of the offence, after which any personal reference to you will be erased.
Your details will not be released to any other parties except another Police Force if they are considering making an offer of a course in the future. YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS WILL NOT AT ANY TIME BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC
What to do Next
Yes, I would like to attend a diversionary course as an alternative to prosecution.
I wish to attend a course in Lancashire:
Visit the Lancashire Constabulary driver retraining courses website; here you will be able to browse available dates for your course, then book and pay online.
Note: When booking a course online, your course date is chosen BY YOU at the time of booking.
If you need to speak to the NDORS team please telephone them on weekdays between the hours of 9am til 11am and 1pm til 3pm on 01772 410950,
I wish to attend a course with another service provider
If you want to attend a course outside Lancashire, please refer to the National Provider information sheet enclosed with your paperwork and contact the appropriate provider directly; please note that course availability and fees vary.
You may also visit the national provider website for further details on all of the available locations and to view course dates.
If you do not receive confirmation of a course date within two weeks of submitting a paper application please contact your chosen service provider; failure to do so may jeopardise your chance of being offered a course.
No, I do not wish to attend a diversionary course as an alternative to prosecution
You may have time to accept the conditional offer of fixed penalty if you would like your matter dealt with outside the Magistrates’ Court; however if you would like the alleged offence to be considered by the Magistrates please elect a court hearing by writing to the Central Process Unit at the following address:
Central Process Unit
PO Box 1329
Arrangements will then be made for proceedings to be passed before the Magistrates’ Court.