Home Menu Search

Drink-Drive Rehabilitation courses to be modernised

14 November 2011

 These aim to improve both the standard of courses offered to drink-driving offenders and the way they are approved. The proposals are also intended to encourage more training providers to become involved in delivering DDRS courses, improving access to the scheme for offenders in areas with high incidences of drink-driving.

The Government also intends to make the financing of the scheme fairer. Rather than the cost of administering the scheme being met by the general taxpayer, the consultation proposes that offenders should pick up the bill for this through the fees they pay to cover the cost of their training.

Out of 1,850 deaths resulting from road accidents in 2010, 250 (14%) were linked to drink-driving offences.
Since 1 January 2000, the courts throughout Great Britain have been able to offer to drivers, who have been disqualified for a period of at least 12 months for a relevant drink-driving offence, a referral to an approved Drink-Drive Rehabilitation course.

The Rehabilitation Courses (Drink-Drive and Other Offences) Regulations 2012 will come into force on 6 April 2012 and have effect in England and Scotland only.

Closing date for responses to the consultation is 6 January 2012.
 

Related news, events and information

New course to educate drink drivers of the dangers of drug driving

1 November 2016 – Story from Fleet News. The Department for Transport is trialing the addition of drug driving education to the...

Scotland's new lower drink drive limit

22 December 2014 – Scotland's new lower drink drive limit is now 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. This came...

ETSC Drink - drive monitor now available

8 January 2011 – The 12th European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) newsletter on drink driving policy - Drink Driving Monitor -...

Crackdown on drink and drug driving

21 March 2011 – RoadSafe welcomes the package of measures to tackle drink and drug driving announced by UK Transport Secretary...

New penalties to tackle careless driving

15 June 2012 – RoadSafe welcomes new proposals to tackle careless driving announced for consultation by the Road Safety...

Education over punishment as Cumbria launches speed awareness course

11 February 2009 – The TTC Group has successfully won a major contract from Cumbria Constabulary to run Speed Awareness Courses in...

Call for mandatory alcohol interlocks in vans, lorries and buses across the EU

20 February 2018 – The EU should require alcohol interlocks to be fitted in all new professional vehicles and retrofitted to cars...

New Proposals to tackle Dangerous Drivers

20 November 2008 – Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has announced a range of new proposals to tackle drink and drug drivers...

National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme is popular

27 July 2011 – A new report available on the Road Safety Knowledge Centre into ACPO's position concerning the use of the...