Safe & Considerate Driving Courses: FAQs

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is one hundred and ninety pounds (£190 GBP), made payable to Leicestershire County Council. This fee is non-refundable, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.

Can I pay by instalments?

The course fee is a set amount and cannot be reduced or paid in instalments.

Where will the course be held?

The Courses are held at the Driver Education Workshops, Bridge Business Park, Bridge Park Road, Thurmaston,Leicester, LE4 8BL.

When do courses run?

This is a 1 day course and course days may vary throughout each month.

What are the parking facilities?

There is an onsite visitors car park at Bridge Business Park as shown on our map. Please allow sufficient time as you may have to make other arrangements should this be full.

Are refreshments and meals available?

Beverages will be offered during the classroom element of the course. While a lunch break is scheduled, food is not provided. Attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch. There will be a scheduled stop to purchase refreshments during the practical session in the afternoon.

How many people will be on the course?

There may be approximately 16 to 20 people on the course.

Who will be attending the courses?

A complete cross section of the general public attends the courses, which are specifically aimed at those who have been referred for training by the Police.

Are there any tests to be undertaken?

The only test you are required to undertake 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.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?

It is ESSENTIAL that you bring:

  • Your photographic card licence or old style paper licence and photographic identification with you on the day of the course. Please note as of June 2015 the paper counterpart is no longer a valid document. Therefore, we will not accept this as proof of your driving licence.

We have an obligation to check an individual’s driving licence when they undertake any form of practical driving assessment or training.

If you have a photo card licence, then you must ensure that the photo card part has not expired. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to complete the course.

If your licence does not include a photograph please provide additional photographic evidence, such as a passport, or suitable alternative.

Please inform us immediately if for any reason you cannot bring these documents. Failure to bring these documents on the day of the course will result in you being turned away and a course cancellation charge being incurred.

  • Spectacles/Contact lenses if needed for driving
  • Your insurance details for your car if you have requested to use your own vehicle, which has been specially adapted for your needs.

Is a car provided?

Yes, a dual controlled car, fully insured will be provided for the course.

Some clients maybe required to use their own vehicle if it has been specially adapted for their needs.

Please note: If you do need to use your own vehicle you must contact us first before booking the course to ensure we can meet your requirements. You will also need to bring your insurance documents and MOT Certificate with you on the day of the course should you be using your own vehicle.

How much training is on the road?

The actual time may vary, but you will be trained by an Aproved Driving Coach for approximately 3 hours.
Some of the time will be as a passenger watching other people behind the wheel, as there could be up to 2 participants in the car.

Can I change my course date?

Course dates can only be changed in exceptional circumstances. Evidence will be required in certain situations. If you are offered a new date no further dates will be offered thereafter. Please note a charge may also apply if we have to change your date.

What happens if I arrive late?

You must arrive on time for your course. Late arrivals may be refused entry and, unless under exceptional circumstances, will have their files returned to the Police and the offer of a SCD course, withdrawn.

What happens if I leave early?

You are required to attend the full course. Failure to do so will result in your file being returned to the Police and the offer of a SCD Course, withdrawn.

What happens if I do not attend?

If you do not attend the 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.

I don’t live in Leicester, can I attend elsewhere?

Providing your chosen area caters fully for your needs, it may be possible to transfer your course to another area. For details of course venues, please visit https://ndors.org.uk/index.php/courses/locations

Can I attend the course voluntarily?

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.

I have special needs, can these be accommodated?

To help you participate fully, you must ensure that you inform us of your requirements before booking your course. Every effort will be made to facilitate these needs. To discuss your needs please contact our office before booking a course on 0116 305 8787.

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

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