Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme

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As the UK’s largest provider of drink driving courses, we have local venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Appointed by the Department for Transport and the Department for Infrastructure, TTC has been successfully delivering the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) and Courses for Drink Drive Offences for over 25 years.

The scheme educates people about alcohol and its effects, which encourages people make more informed and safer life choices, leading to a reduction in reoffending.  By completing a DDRS course, the attendee can reduce their driving ban by up to 25%, for example, taking a 12-month driving ban down to 9 months. 

The scheme also supports offenders to recognise the problems associated with drink driving and to take personal responsibility for, and to address their behaviour in relation to drinking and driving.

Our drink drive ban calculator can be used to work out what your reduction could be, by taking the course.

Key points:

  • Courses delivered in local venues throughout the UK
  • Interactive workshop delivered both online and in class*
  • Minimum taught time 16 hours, spread over at least 15 days
  • Use our Course Locator to find your nearest DDRS course

 

*Due to government restrictions currently in place for the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • In Wales, the full course is only offered and available online.
  • In England and Scotland, the course consists of 4 hours taught time in class, with the remaining 12 hours online.
  • In Northern Ireland, the whole course must be completed in class.

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Participant benefits

Drink Driving BanReduce your ban by up to 25% and get your licence back sooner.

PeopleGroup peoplePeopleGreater knowledge and understanding of the potential impact of drink driving to yourself and others​.

DrivingHave a realistic understanding of your alcohol use, in general, and in relation to driving.

ChangeUnderstand the effects of alcohol on the body and be motivated to make the right life choices in relation to drinking alcohol.

Acknowledge the law relating to drink driving and accept responsibility for the actions that led to your conviction.

Proven to reduce the likelihood of re-offending

Drink driving ban calculator

Find out when you can get back to driving following a ban and how much you can reduce this by taking the court referred Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) course.

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Course Locator

With over 220 venues nationwide, finding a Drink Drive course near you couldn't be easier.

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Initially I went to the course to reduce my ban, but after completing the course my attitude to alcohol has changed for the better.

DDRS attendee

Course details

Who should attend

Anyone who has elected in court to attend a drink-driving course.

Delivery method

The interactive workshop is relaxed and informative and facilitated by a licenced trainer. There is no court or police involvement. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to government restrictions currently in place for the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • In Wales, the full course is only offered and available online.
  • In England and Scotland, the course consists of 4 hours taught time in class, with the remaining 12 hours online.
  • In Northern Ireland, the whole course must be completed in class.
Course requirements

Arrive early
​Late arrivals will be excluded from joining the course.  It is your responsibility to arrive on time for registration.  We recommend ​arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each session of the course to successfully complete the course registration process.

Valid identification
You must bring photo identification, such as a valid passport, on each day of the course.

If you do not have photographic ID, you must bring along with you two other forms of identification such as a recent utility bill, bank statement and/or debit/credit card.

Failure to produce such identification will result in your exclusion from the course.

No test
This is a theory-only course with no test.

Terms and conditions
This is a quick glance of the course requirements. For more details, refer to our Terms and Conditions.

How much will the course cost?

Course Fee in England:

  • Full course fee £150 or flexible payment plan 4 x £37.50.
  • Concessionary rate (unemployed and full-time students, call for eligibility) £110 or flexible payment plan 4 x £27.50.
  • Early Bird offer (booked and paid in full within 30 days of sentencing) Full course fee £135 and concessionary rate £99.

*£25 supplement for weekend courses.

Course Fee in Scotland and Norther Ireland:

  • Full course fee £155 or flexible payment plan 4 x £38.75
  • Concessionary rate (unemployed and full-time students, call for eligibility) £110 or flexible payment plan 4 x £27.50.

*£25 supplement for weekend courses.

Course Fee in Wales:

  • Full course fee £150 or flexible payment plan 4 x £37.50.

*£25 supplement for weekend courses.

Location of courses

Available near you with 220 venues nationwide

Offering more locations than any other provider, choose from over 220 course locations throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland using our online Course Locator

Midlands region

Ashton-under-Lyne
Birmingham
Boston
Burton
Chesterfield
Coalville
Coventry
Derby
Evesham
Grantham
Hanley
Heanor
Hereford
Hinckley
Kettering
Kidderminster
Lancaster
Leamington Spa
Leicester
Lincoln
Loughborough
Louth
Ludlow
Mansfield
Melton Mowbray
Newark
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Northampton
Nottingham
Nuneaton
Oswestry
Redditch
Rugby
Shrewsbury
Spalding
Stafford
Stoke-on-Trent
Stourbridge
Stratford-upon-Avon
Tamworth
Telford
Walsall
Wellingborough
Whitchurch
Wolverhampton
Worcester
Worksop

North of England

Accrington
Altrincham
Ashton-under-Lyne
Barnsley
Barrow-in-Furness
Bebington
Beverley
Bishop Auckland
Blackburn
Blackpool
Bolton
Bradford
Bridlington
Burnley
Burscough
Bury
Carlisle
Chester
Chorley
Congleton
Crewe
Darlington
Eccles
Ellesmere Port
Hartlepool
Harrogate
Hull
Kendal
Lancaster
Leeds
Liverpool
Macclesfield
Manchester
Middlesbrough
Middlewich
Newcastle upon Tyne
North Shields
Northwich
Oldham
Penrith
Peterlee
Preston
Rawtenstall
Rochdale
Runcorn
Scarborough
Sheffield
Southport
South Shields
St Helens
Stockport
Sunderland
Warrington
Wigan
Workington
York

South of England

Aldershot
Ashford
Aylesbury
Banbury
Barnstaple
Basildon
Basingstoke
Bath
Battersea
Blandford Forum
Bodmin
Bournemouth
Braintree
Bridgwater
Brighton
Bristol
Bromley
Bury St Edmunds
Cambridge
Canterbury
Chelmsford
Cheltenham
Chippenham
Cirencester
Colchester
Crawley
Croydon
Ealing
Enfield
Epsom
Exeter
Farnborough
Folkestone
Forest Gate
Gloucester
Grays
Greenwich
Guildford
Harlow
Hastings
High Wycombe
Huntington
Ilford
Ipswich
Isle of Wight
Kilburn Park
Kings Lynn
Liskeard
Lowestoft
Luton
Maidstone
Milton Keynes
Newbury
Norwich
Oxford
Paddington
Penzance
Peterborough
Plymouth
Poole
Portsmouth
Reading
Redruth
Romford
Salisbury
Southampton
Southend
St Albans
Staines
Stevenage
Street
Swindon
Taunton
Torquay
Truro
Tunbridge Wells
Uxbridge
Waterloo
Watford
Weston-super-Mare
Weymouth
Wimbledon
Winchester
Yeovil

 

Scotland

Aberdeen
Dumfries & Galloway
Dundee
Dunfermline
Edinburgh
Galashiels
Glasgow
Greenock
Inverness
Kilmarnock
Kirkwall
Lerwick
Livingston
Motherwell
Paisley
Perth Central
Stirling

Wales

Aberystwyth
Bangor
Bridgend
Cardiff
Carmarthen
Ebbw Vale
Haverfordwest
Holyhead
Llandrindod Wells
Llanelli
Merthyr Tydfil
Mold
Neath
Newport
Newtown
Porthmadog
Rhyl
Swansea
Wrexham

Northern Ireland

Ballymena
Ballynahinch
Belfast
Coleraine
Dundonald
Dungannon
Enniskillen
Londonderry
Newry
Omagh
Portadown
Strabane

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get referred to a course?

You can only be referred to attend a course during your court appearance. If you do not get a referral during your court appearance you will not be able to get a referral at a later date.

Can I be referred after my court appearance?

No. If you do not elect to attend a course during your court appearance you will not have the opportunity to apply afterwards.

You can do a course as a voluntary referral although this will not entitle you to the early return of your licence; it will give you education and skills to avoid being convicted again.

Also if your disqualification is longer than 2 years, you can apply to the courts at the 2-year point to have your licence reinstated early. Courts will take into account anything you have done to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Can I be referred to a second course?

Yes. There is no legal bar to an offender being referred to a second course.

Can I transfer my referral?

You can only transfer your referral in Great Britain, not Northern Ireland.

If you move areas, you can transfer your referral by notifying your original provider. However, please note that different providers charge different course fees.

When should I book a course?

It is advisable to complete the course as soon as is practical and avoid leaving it to the last minute as:

  • work/family commitments or illness may prevent you completing the required number of sessions.
  • if we has insufficient referrals we may have to cancel the course.
Can I book a course immediately?

You can book as soon as the provider has received your referral.

What happens if I cannot attend my course?

We will usually rebook your course providing there is sufficient time before the course completion date as set by the court expires a fee will be charged for this.

In the event of you being unable to attend or complete a course due to illness, a rearrangement fee will be applicable. This may be refunded upon receipt of a medical certificate and after review by us. It may also be possible to offer an alternative date due to other extreme circumstances (providing there is sufficient time within the deadline given by the police). Under such circumstances you must contact our office.

Can I change the date/time/venue of my course?

Yes, you can change the time, date and venue of the course once you have booked. However, there is a charge incurred for changing your booking (see below) which is outlined in our terms and conditions.

If you wish to alter/cancel your course date and time within:

  • 14 days of your original booking is free of charge/full course fee refunded.  Under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013, you have the right to cancel your course within 14 days (the 'Cancellation Period') from the date on which you booked the course.  However, your right to cancel and obtain a full refund will be lost if you book a course date during the Cancellation Period (in these circumstances you are entitled to a partial refund of £75.00 and you are required to contact TTC to arrange this).
  • From 15 days after your booking but more than 21 days prior to the first date of your course, there is a £30 rearrangement/cancellation fee.
  • Non-attendance, without prior notice, or less than 21 days prior to the first date of your course, there is a £75 rearrangement/cancellation fee.
  • The above rearrangements of courses are subject to sufficient time allowed before your completion date.

We will make every effort to run all scheduled courses, however, if demand for a course is very low it will be cancelled.  If this happens we will give you at least 20 days’ notice of cancellation.  You will then be offered alternative dates (if you have allowed enough time) before the completion date, set by the court at the time of sentence.

Can I complete a course after my completion date?

No, however, very occasionally the date set by the court might be incorrect, so it is worth asking the course provider to double check the dates provided on the referral. Please note the date is always set by the court and there is no provision in law to extend that irrespective of the reasons. We always advise that you leave plenty of time to complete the course.

What happens if I miss a session or turn up late?

All providers work under strict guidance issued by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and you will be turned away and asked to rebook – assuming there is time – an additional fee will usually be incurred.

What happens if I don’t do a course?

The course is a non-binding court order. If you do not complete a course then we are required to issue you with a notice of non-completion, which closes the court order and is for your records. If you do not complete the course in full you will not benefit from a reduction in the period of time you are banned from driving.

What do I do with the completion certificate?

In England, Scotland and Wales, we will usually send the original completion certificate to the court that sentenced you. The court will then notify the Driving & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA). We will also supply you with 2 copies of the certificate. One copy is to be retained by yourself for insurance purposes. The other is to be sent to the DVLA with your driving licence application form at the appropriate time.  

In Northern Ireland, we will provide you with a completion certificate which you must take to the court you were sentenced at. We will also send a copy of the certificate to the court. The court will then notify the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Will this reduce my insurance premium?

Whilst we cannot guarantee this will reduce your insurance premium, many insurance companies now accept a certificate of completion as indicating that you are a much lower risk and they recognise the value of the course in reducing reconviction rates. Many offenders find they will achieve a significant discount.

When can I apply for my licence?

In England, Scotland and Wales, if you are High Risk Offender (HRO) then you can apply to the DVLA 3 months before your licence is due back. If you are not a HRO then you can apply 2 months before your licence is due back. We recommend you include with your application a copy of your completion certificate. Please note we will send the original completion certificate to the court.

In Northern Ireland, you can apply for your licence at the end of your disqualification period. For example, if you received a 12-month disqualification, which was reduced to 9 months, a driving licence application can be made at 9 months and not before.

If I am a HRO will I get my licence back in time?

In England, Scotland or Wales you can apply 3 months before the due date. It is very important that you apply at the earliest possible point, this means not leaving your course until the last minute.

However you need to be aware that because of a recent change to legislation you cannot drive until your medical has been completed in full. This means you have had the medical examination, any related blood tests and the full report has been received and approved by DVLA and they have issued your licence.

If you have been referred from a court in Northern Ireland, upon successful completion of the course you must first submit an application for your provisional licence as you will need to re-sit the driving test. This can only be done at the end of the ban, therefore, if you received a 12-month ban, which upon successful completion of the course was reduced to 9 months, you can only apply after 9 months. You will also need to successfully pass a medical examination by a doctor appointed by the DVA Coleraine (you will be required to pay for this medical).

For more information on this process, visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/driving-disqualifications

Do I need to sign in?

Yes this is very important. Upon your arrival please locate the trainer and sign the course register.