IMPORTANT INFORMATIONOFFICE CLOSED - THURSDAY 30TH JUNE 2022
Please be aware that our office and phone lines will be closed on Thursday 30th June 2022, due to staff training.
Our office and phone lines will re-open as normal on Friday 1st July 2022.
We apologise for for any inconvenience this may cause.
We are currently offering online and limited classroom courses within Leicestershire. If you are unable to attend a course online and wish to book a classroom course, please contact our customer care team on 0116 305 8787 to discuss this option further.
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?
We are now running digital courses as an alternative to the first part of the classroom courses. You will then be invited back for the second, practical, session, once it is safe to do so.
(Classroom courses currently not available)
The Courses are held at the Driver Education Workshops, Bridge Business Park, Bridge Park Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, LE4 8BL.
When do courses run?
Please be aware the SCD course is currently conducted in two parts.
The first, theory, will be held as an online course. Course days may vary per month, Monday to Friday, details as follows:
- Morning Course (AM) – 8:30am till 11:30pm
- Afternoon Course (PM) – 1:00pm till 16:00pm
You will be invited back for the second, practical, session, once it is safe to do so.
(currently not available) 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?
Online Courses: There may be approximately 10 people on an iCourse.
Classroom Courses: (Not currently available) 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?
Please be aware the SCD course will be conducted in two parts. The first, theory, part you will only require photographic ID. However when you are invited back for the second, practical, session, you will need to produce your driving licence as detailed below:
FIRST PART – THEORY (ONLINE COURSE) – ID REQUIREMENTS:
- Photocard Driving Licence
- A valid passport
- An expired passport, providing you are recognisable
- Formal ID Cards (armed forces, police, student union, company ID card)
- Tachograph Card
- Local Authority/Taxi ID
- Blue Badge (parking for people with disabilities)
- Firearms Certificate/Shotgun Licence
Failure to produce the above documentation to our Trainer, will disqualify you from attending the course and the matter will be referred back to the Police
SECOND PART – PRACTICAL (ON ROAD SESSION) – ID REQUIREMENTS:
It is ESSENTIAL that you bring:
Your driving licence, which will be:
EITHER: A photo card driving licence. (Please note: the paper counterpart licence which was issued with photo-card licences until June 2015, is no longer valid and will not be accepted as proof of your driving licence.)
OR: An old-style paper driving licence together with photographic identification. Such as your passport, employment ID card, bus pass.
Your 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.
If for some reason you do not have your driving licence available for attending the course, we may be able to help. Please contact the office on 0116 305 8787, giving us at least 24 hours notice before your course date.
Failure to produce the needed Items and documentation will disqualify you from attending the course.
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://www.ukroed.org.uk/courses/find-course/
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 requirements, 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.