Consultation outcome

Approving drink-drive rehabilitation courses

This consultation has concluded

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New approval arrangements for drink-drive rehabilitation courses: response to consultation report

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New approval arrangements for drink-drive rehabilitation courses: consultation comments

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New approval arrangements for drink-drive rehabilitation courses: impact assessment

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Detail of outcome

Ministers have decided to introduce the proposals as described in the consultation paper, with the exception of proposal 3D and proposal 6 - both of which will be implemented slightly differently to the way they were originally proposed.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 9 November 2011 12:00am to
4 January 2012 11:45pm

Summary

This consultation is about updating how drink-drive rehabilitation scheme courses are provided so more people take training.

Documents

New approval arrangements for drink-drive rehabilitation courses: a consultation paper

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Annex A - Impact assessment

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Annex B - Better Regulation Executive: code of practice on consultation

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Annex C - Course approval criteria

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Annex D - Drink drive rehabilitation scheme - specified geographic areas (England)

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Annex E - Drink drive rehabilitation scheme - specified geographic areas (Scotland)

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Annex F - Expression of interest in the provision of drink-drive rehabilitation training

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Consultation description

Summary

This consultation is about updating the arrangements for providing training courses under the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme, including how they’re funded.

The proposals build on the government policy in the ‘Strategic framework for road safety’ by providing improved education for convicted drivers.

The aim is that these proposals will:

  • create better quality courses which will encourage more offenders to take training and reduce the likelihood of them reoffending
  • make sure that courses are available in every part of the country
  • make sure that courses are of the same standard
  • allow the Driving Standards Agency to take action against trainers not providing courses as they should

Decisions

The new scheme will make sure that courses are available in every part of the country.

We will:

  • monitor course providers to make sure that courses are all of the same standard – we’ll charge fees to cover our costs for doing this
  • take action against course providers who are not up to standard
  • give course providers the right to appeal if their application is refused or if we remove their course approval
  • give existing course providers enough time to move over to the new scheme, if that’s what they want to do
  • let course providers use first or second class post for sending out notices to offenders, as long as they get a receipt of posting and keep it for their records

Training providers can decide the cost of the course, but it can’t cost more than £250.

Important dates

What’s happening Date
Invitations to apply issued 7 January 2013
Closing date for receipt of applications 8 February 2013
New courses start 24 June 2013
Approval of existing courses runs out 18 August 2013

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