'What's Driving Us?' Course

This course is offered to motorists involved in a non-collision road traffic incident. When a driver is involved in an incident which indicates they have been ‘Driving Without Due Care and Attention or Reasonable Consideration to Other Road Users’ contrary to Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act, 1988, the driver involved is given an option to either receive a fine and penalty points on their driving licence, or an opportunity to attend a What’s Driving Us? course.

The course welcomes people of all ages and all levels of driving experience. Once the motorist has completed a course, they will be ineligible for another course offer if they re-offend within three years of the original offence.

The course currently costs £85.

In Cheshire, the courses are delivered by professional, specially trained tutors.

All courses are held at:

The Heath Business & Technical Park Conference Centre,
Verdin Exchange,
Runcorn,
Cheshire
WA7 4QX

The Heath Business & Technical Conference Centre

Cottons Hotel
Manchester Road
Knutsford
WA16 0SU

Cottons Hotel

Or

Mercure Woodhey House Hotel,
Berwick Road West,
Welsh Road,
Little Sutton,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire
CH66 4PS

As drivers we don’t often get the chance to think about what we like and dislike about driving – or how other people’s driving affects us. WDU provides you the opportunity to address those issues.

Through presentations and discussions you will gain insight into the decisions that people make on the road.

No. This course is a classroom based theory only course.

No. However, you will be expected to make a positive contribution to the course.

We will write to you with full details of the course including the booking arrangements.

If you have not received the relevant documentation within ten days of returning your application, please contact this office on 01606 364072.

As part of the course booking process, you will be given the opportunity to choose the most convenient date from the courses available. However, it should be noted that you will have to complete the course within four months from the date of the offence.

Failure to do so will render the offer invalid and the matter will be referred back to the officer in the case to consider summons proceedings.

The course lasts approximately three and a half hours, including registration and breaks.

Yes, the scheme operates in other forces. Please visit the driver improvement website

You will be asked prior to attending the course if you have any special needs. We will cater for most needs with the exception of an interpreter. In this instance, you will be expected to bring your own.

Payment must be made in full when booking a course date.

Failure to do so will render the offer invalid and the matter will be referred back to the officer in the case to consider summons proceedings.

You will be required to produce a valid photo card and paper counterpart driving licence at the start of the course.

If you do not hold a photo card style driving licence, you will need to provide your passport or other suitable photo identification (e.g. work ID card, student card) in addition to your paper licence.

Failure to do so will disqualify you from participating on the course and the matter will be referred to the officer in the case to consider summons proceedings.

No. If you accept the offer and successfully complete the course, the police will not take any further action in respect of this matter.

Time Limit

Your course must be completed within four months of the offence date. If you are unable to complete the course in this time, the offer of a course will be withdrawn and the matter returned to the issuing officer for court proceedings.

Course Fees and bookings

The course fee must be paid in full at the time of booking.

If you have any special requirements you must contact the Central Ticket Office on 01606 364072/364191. Failure to provide this information at the time of booking may mean that your needs cannot be met. The Constabulary will aim to accommodate most needs with the exception of an interpreter. If you have difficulty understanding English you will need to inform the Central Ticket Office and bring an interpreter with you. The interpreter must be aged 16 or over.

For client confidentiality reasons, only the named person attending the course will be permitted into the course training room .The exceptions to this are clients accompanied by an interpreter or signer. We have no facilities to accommodate children or dependent adults.

It is your responsibility to meet any expenses or loss associated with attending this course, including travel, child care, dependent person’s provision and any loss of earnings or leave entitlement.

All mobile communication devices must be switched off during the delivery of the course.

Identification

It is essential that you bring photographic identification to the course [e.g a photocard style driving licence, passport, workplace photo ID or bus pass with photo].

For personal or religious reasons, the wearing of a head dress or item of clothing that covers the face will be permitted. However, the removal or adjustment of the garment may be requested, to confirm the identity of the attendee, prior to the commencement of the course.

Failure to attend

If you are unable to attend or complete a course due to illness, the course fee will be refunded upon receipt of a Doctor’s note (MED3) with an original signature.

If you are unable to attend/complete for any other reason you must contact the Central Ticket Office on the telephone number above to discuss your requirements. Any changes made within seven days of your course date will attract an administrative charge.

If you arrive late or fail to produce suitable photographic identification as detailed above you will be refused admission and your full course fee will NOT be refunded. It may be possible to offer you an alternative course date (providing there is sufficient time within the four month deadline). However, you will be required to pay an administrative charge at the time of re-booking.

Non completion

To satisfactorily complete you must attend the whole course, and make a positive contribution. If you leave the course early or fail to attend any parts, you will not have completed the course. In such circumstances, your file will then be referred back to the issuing officer to commence court proceedings. No refund of the original course fee will be made and no further course will be offered. You must be in a fit state to fully participate and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are found to be unfit to participate, you will be asked to leave and your file will then be referred to the issuing officer to commence court proceedings. No refund of the original course fee will be made and no further course will be offered.

Venue
Free parking is provided at the venue but is used entirely at your own risk.