Safe and Considerate Driving (iSCD)

iSCD was developed to enable the Safe & Considerate Driving (SCD) course to be delivered online in a virtual classroom. Since the on-road component of SCD cannot be delivered virtually, iSCD is designed to be completed on TWO separate occasions: a virtual classroom component, and then at a later date (when possible) an on-road coaching component.

The virtual classroom component of iSCD concludes with action-planning. Clients are encouraged to track their progress with this action plan, and the on-road coaching component is used to revisit and refresh the action plan.

Safe and Considerate Driving is a course designed for clients being referred for reasons including offences relating to driving without due care and attention. Clients are referred to Safe and Considerate Driving if they are involved in a collision. The course increases clients’ awareness and understanding of:

  • the causes and negative consequences of risky and inconsiderate driving;
  • the importance of concentration, observation, anticipation and allowing adequate space and time;
  • the reasons why their own driving may be unsafe or inconsiderate.

Clients receive practical, personalised, on-road coaching, and are encouraged to create an action plan to address personally relevant issues. The course duration is 3 hours.

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FAQs

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is one hundred and eighty five pounds (£185 GBP). This fee is non-refundable.

Can I pay by instalments?

No. The course must be paid for in full, online at the time of booking.

Where will the course be held?

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, all face to face classroom courses have been suspended. The SCD course is now delivered in two parts. The first part of the course can only be accessed online, using Zoom. The second part of the course is a practical, on road session which will be arranged after the COVID 19 risk level has reduced.

How often are courses available?

The course is usually offered once or twice per month.

How many people will be on the course?

There is likely to be another 7 people joining the online course.

Are there any tests to be undertaken?

Not for the online element of the course.

However, you must attend and complete the whole course, make a positive contribution through participating and show that you have a responsible attitude towards safe driving. You must also show respect for others on the course and their health and safety.

The only test you are required to undertake for the on road session is the eyesight test, which is a statutory requirement to drive a motor vehicle on a public highway. You must be able to read a number plate with or without glasses in good daylight at a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet) or 20 metres (65 feet) if it is a new style number plate.

I have special needs, can these be accommodated?

We endeavour to make reasonable adjustments wherever possible. Please contact a member of the team to discuss your requirements at: NDORS.courses@suffolk.gov.uk or telephone: 0345 600 1291 PRIOR TO BOOKING

What do I need to join the course?

Please ensure that you have your driving licence readily available. The easiest way to verify your identity is for you to show the trainer your photocard licence. If your licence does not include a photograph you will need to provide additional photographic evidence, such as a passport, or suitable alternative. Your trainer will need to verify your identity before allowing you onto the course You will also need a pen and paper.

You will be provided with further details of your requirements when you are booked to attend the on road session.

Can I have someone with me to help with the technology?

If you need some help with joining the course you may have someone at home to help you register, but they must leave before the course starts. Please let us know you may need extra help by calling 0345 600 1291 to discuss your needs. We may be able to offer log-in support by having a member of staff available to talk you through the  process at the start of your course if you have noone at home to help.

Can I change my course date?

Course dates can only be changed in exceptional circumstances. In most cases, changing your course date will incur a £145 charge.

What happens if I join late?

The online course will be locked at the course start time. Late arrivals will be refused entry and, unless under exceptional circumstances, will have their files returned to the Police and the offer of a SCD course, withdrawn. If the option of booking another course is still available, it will incur a fee of £145.

What happens if I do not complete the course?

This is a two part course and both parts must be completed successfully. Failure to do so will result in your file being returned to the Police and the offer of a SCD Course withdrawn. The Police is aware that, due to the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID 19, there may be several months between Part 1 & 2 of the course. No further action will be taken whilst awaiting a date for part 2 if the client successfully completed Part 1 (the online session).

What happens if I do not attend?

If you do not attend the full course, and fail to provide evidence of exceptional circumstances, your file will be returned to the Police and the offer of a SCD Course, withdrawn.

What happens if I lose internet connection during the course?

If you lose connection, audio or visual at ANY time during the course, you should call 0345 600 1291 to re-book. You will need to attend the entire course again to complete successfully and avoid further action.

Can I attend the course voluntarily?

No, At this time courses are only offered on a referral basis from the Police.

Do I need to inform the police I have attended?

No, the Driver Education administration team will update the (NDORS) National Driver Offender Retraining database with your attendance. Your Police force will be notified accordingly.

If I offend again, will I be able to attend another course?

You cannot attend another SCD course within three years of the original offer.

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