How to run and manage a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) course, including making bookings, ID checks and issuing certificates.
How the scheme works
The drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) is overseen by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). It uses the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) to help approve and monitor courses.
You can apply to the DVSA to provide courses to drink-drive offenders to help stop them from reoffending.
Offenders can be offered a rehabilitation course to reduce their driving ban if:
- they’re found guilty of a drink-drive offence
- their ban is for 12 months or more
Their ban will be reduced if they complete the course within a certain time. The ban is usually reduced by a quarter.
Offenders guilty of drug-drive offences can’t be offered a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) course.
Make courts and lawyers aware of your course
Make sure local courts and lawyers in your approved area know about the courses you offer.
- put leaflets in court waiting rooms
- tell them how courses reduce reoffending
Book offenders on to your course
The court will contact you if the offender decides to take the course. It will give a deadline for them to complete the course by. This can’t be changed.
Don’t book offenders on to a course or take payment before you’re contacted. Don’t book them on to a course where the last session is after the deadline set by the court.
How to book the offender on to your course
Contact the offender as soon as you get the referral to tell them about your available course dates.
Contact them again if they don’t book a course to make sure they complete it before their deadline.
Charging fees and being paid
- charge up to £250 for a course - including a processing fee
- give a discount, for example, for people on benefits or who book early
- take a one-off payment or instalments
You must tell DVSA at least 30 days in advance if you want to change your fees.
Offenders changing course providers
The offender can change to another course provider (without charge) at any point before they book themselves onto a course.
They have to tell the course provider they’d first chosen. That course provider then needs to send the referral to the new course provider. They don’t have to tell the court.
Send joining instructions
You should send joining instructions to each offender before the course takes place. These should include:
- start and end times
- the cancellation policy
- contact details
- information about high-risk offenders
Register participants and check their identities
You need to check the identity of offenders against the court order by asking them to register their:
- address and postcode
- date of birth
- sentence details and alcohol level at the time of the offence
You can also ask for:
- a signature
- their passport
- a utility or mobile phone bill
- proof they get benefits
You need to ask offenders to sign a course register as proof of attendance at each session.
Introduce the course
Set enough time for a welcome and introduction session. This should include:
- health and safety
- aims and objectives
- the conduct expected
Tell participants how you’ll use their personal information
You must tell participants about how you collect, use, disclose, keep and dispose of their personal data. You can use a ‘fair processing notice’ to do this.
Train the offenders using your approved course
You can decide how to run the course, but it must meet the learning outcomes of the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme syllabus.
Your course must be at least:
- 16 hours tuition time (not including breaks)
- 3 sessions
- spread over 14 days
Each course session must have:
- between 4 and 20 offenders
- at least one trainer for each 15 participants
Use different techniques to suit different learning styles. For example:
- group discussions
- guest speakers
- role play
Make reasonable adjustments
Make reasonable adjustments for offenders with particular needs.
It’s against the law for people to be discriminated against because of age, pregnancy, disability, race or religion.
An offender can bring a British Sign Language or foreign language interpreter. The interpreter must:
- be 18 or over
- be able to interpret well enough for the offender to complete the course
The interpreter can be a relative and doesn’t have to be approved.
You should only have one interpreter per course, as having more can distract the rest of the group.
Courses in languages other than English
You can run courses in a language other than English if there’s enough demand. You need a suitable trainer and translated course materials.
Changes or problems with running your course
You can make small changes to the course content and how you run it, as long as it still meets the:
- learning outcomes of the drink-drive rehabilitation course syllabus
- usual rules about course length, number of sessions, number of participants and trainers
You must apply to DVSA for an exception if you need to make any other changes.
You’d need to apply for an exception to run a course over 3 consecutive days rather than spread over at least 14 days. Offenders need a genuine reason for not attending, for example, they’re in the military or work shifts.
To apply for an exception, download and fill in the form and send it to DVSA at least 2 months before the planned course.
If an offender misses some of the course
You can apply for an exception for an offender if they miss up to 4 hours of the whole course. This means that you must:
- give them catch-up work to do
- check they’ve done it
They can then still get a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
Any catch-up work should be based on group-learning principles. You’re not allowed to run complete courses or one-to-one sessions for them.
To apply for an exception, download and fill in the form and send it to JAUPT within 48 hours of the offender missing part of the course.
You also need to include:
- examples of any extra course materials they need
- details of who will assess the catch-up work and how they’ll do it
If the offender can’t complete the course by their deadline
The deadline set by the court for the offender to complete the course can’t be extended. By law, the courts don’t have the power to extend the deadline.
You have to give a notice of non-completion if the offender can’t finish the course with you by the deadline.
You can transfer the offender to another provider if they’re able to finish by their deadline with them.
You need to tell the court that you’ve transferred the offender and the reasons why.
If you need to a cancel a course
Give offenders at least 20 working days’ notice from the course start date.
Email email@example.com to confirm you’ve cancelled the course.
Record the cancellation on your next course schedule return to JAUPT at the end of the quarter.
If you don’t have another course running before the offender’s deadline, tell them to find another course. You need to send the original court referral to the new provider.
Collect feedback and evaluate the course
You need to evaluate how well the course helps offenders to achieve the learning outcomes in the syllabus.
You need to get feedback to measure:
- how the offenders reacted to the training
- what they learned
Every offender could be starting from a different level of knowledge or attitude. So, your evaluation should focus on whether they advanced, rather than just met a certain level.
Give a certificate of completion or notice of non-completion
JAUPT will send you a blank certificate of completion and notice of non-completion when your course is approved. You can only use these - you can’t create your own versions.
Contact JAUPT to get replacements if you lose your templates.
Give a certificate of completion
Send a certificate of completion to the offender within 14 days of the course ending, if they have:
- fully completed each course session
- paid the course fee
You must also send a copy to the supervising court. The court will tell DVLA so that the offender’s ban is reduced.
Give a notice of non-completion
Send a notice of non-completion to the offender if they haven’t:
- completed each session and paid the fee
- booked a course or communicated with you
You must include the reason you’re giving the notice of non-completion.
The notice tells them how to appeal against your decision.
You don’t need to send copies of the notice to DVLA or the court. But, the court can ask for them. If they do, send them by first or second-class post.
Get proof of posting
Get proof that you’ve posted each notice of non-completion. This can be a bulk certificate of posting, but it must show the:
- name and address of each recipient
- date sent
Keep the proof of posting in case the offender claims they weren’t sent the notice.
Record and report on the training you provide
At the end of each quarter you must send the following to JAUPT:
- the fee for courses completed (£7 for each offender)
- the 3 reports on your course activity
You must send the fee and reports by the deadlines shown in the table.
|Quarter 1 - April to June||14 July|
|Quarter 2 - July to September||14 October|
|Quarter 3 - October to December||14 January|
|Quarter 4 - January to March||14 April|
Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT)
9 Warren Yard
Phone 0844 800 4184
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Complaints about your course
You must make your complaints procedure available to offenders.
They can contact JAUPT if they’re not satisfied with your response.
Drink-drive rehabilitation course complaints
JAUPT will usually refer to your complaints procedure when dealing with a complaint from an offender.