30th March 2020
SUSPENSION OF COURSES FROM 20TH MARCH 2020
Important Coronavirus Update
As a result of the unprecedented unfolding events and following consultation with Chief Constable Bangham, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for Roads Policing it is no longer appropriate nor proportionate for police forces to offer classroom based education courses, which brings members of the public together in one place, as an alternative to prosecution for motoring offences covered by NDORS.
This position fully supports the Prime Minister’s latest direction:
- Stay at home (no unnecessary journeys or social contact, with one form of exercise per day).
- Only leave home for essential shopping or medical needs or travelling to work if absolutely necessary.
- Public gatherings of more than two people are banned (excluding people you live with).
We at UK Road Offender Education (UKROEd) who operate, manage, administer and develop the scheme on behalf of the Police Service, will therefore suspend all classroom based courses for an initial period of 12 weeks, from 9am on Friday 20th March 2020.
This is the right thing to do to help protect individual’s health and reduce the risks associated with a wider spread of the virus.
We will now work with forces and course providers to establish options to deal with drivers who have already been offered a course.
UKROEd have been working hard in partnership with all stakeholders in the background and have recently approved in the first instance a Digital Classroom option for the National Speed Awareness Course to be able to cater for members of the public who already had a course booked. Some Police Forces and Course Providers are now taking steps to use this as an option and you will be contacted to explain what is going to happen next by the police force who issued you the offer or your course provider (if you booked a course).
You will hopefully understand that this is a massive undertaking and we would ask that you allow the Police and Course providers some time to work through everything.