Under the Road Traffic Offenders Act (1988) people convicted of a drink driving offence can receive up to one quarter of the time off their ban if they participate on an approved Drink Driver Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) course. The Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) act on behalf of The Secretary of State by ensuring that service providers fulfil the specified criteria to enable them to be approved course providers of the DDRS.
You are sentenced to a 12 month driving ban on January 31st 2015
If you complete the course you will receive a 9 month ban so you will be due to get your license back on the October 31sth 2015 (as opposed to January 31st 2016).
There are 2 months needed for completion time so you must complete the DDRS course before August 31st 2015. From the time you are sentenced this would give you 7 months to complete the course to ensure you receive the reduction in your ban.
It is only at the time of sentencing (when you appear at court) that you can be referred by the court to an approved Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) training course. All sentencing courts across Scotland are aware of the DDRS. You should ask your solicitor or the duty solicitor to inquire if the Sherriff would consider the DDRS as a disposal for you.
*Please note that you cannot ask for the DDRS after you have been sentenced at court.
ISM Psychological Services Ltd are the only Scottish based company who are DDRS approved training providers.
The DDRS course is an informal educational training workshop that provides participants with knowledge to reduce the likelihood they will be re-convicted of drink driving again.
It is structured across 3 weeks of 6 hours education. You must complete the modules in sequence. For example 3 x Mondays from 9.00am till 3.00pm in consecutive weeks. Weekend and evening courses are also available.
The DDRS has an agreed syllabus and service providers must facilitate the course as agreed at the time of approval.
You will be expected to participate in discussions, small group work and written exercises.
The facilitator’s role is to ensure you have support to complete the course. It is not a pass or fail course. You will receive your completion certificate if you have participated in the 16 hours of education.
By law service providers must provide you and the sentencing court with a completion certificate within 14 days of your last session.
Your sentencing court will then advise the DVLA that you have completed the course and they will update their records to show the reduction in your ban.
The DVLA will notify you of the reduction and the date that you will be eligible to drive again.
This is a 3.5 hour workshop aimed at professional drivers or people who are required to drive as part of their job to prevent being convicted of a drink driving offence. It is an approved DSA course and as such can form part of professional competence training. The workshop covers the following:
There are two options for the training:
To enquire about this training and the cost please contact the ISM office.
ISM Psychological Services
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Office - 01506 243002
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Martin - 07833 918276
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