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A new online National Speed Awareness Course (NSAC) has been launched after classroom-based courses were suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. UKROEd is currently trialling the digital version of the training, which will then be reviewed in 12 weeks.

The current National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) uses short guidance sessions for drivers who have committed a low-level traffic offence, providing them with an alternative to receiving points on their licence. Drivers who complete these are less likely to commit another speeding offence.

These were originally suspended for 12 weeks, however, the first of the new digital alternatives were rolled out on the 27th March, just seven days after this was announced.

UKROEd has been working with behaviour change academics to refine and develop the new “iNSAC”, in order to ensure it is of a high standard.

This digital option contains similar content, but with some changes, including a shorter time: the internet coaching lasts just two and a half hours, rather than the four-hour classroom-based version. The new option will also see participants work in groups of eight with one trainer, whereas the classroom course provides two trainers for groups of up to 24.

The changes have been driven by the need to recognise that we interact differently online from how we interact in a classroom setting. It is also vital to understand that the course has to work on different technical delivery platforms, and it must work equally well for all clients who choose to take the option”, said a UKROEd spokesperson.

The new course will be available at the discretion of police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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