Article date: 30 July 2007
Drivers in Scotland who are failing to comply with Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act (1988) by driving without due care and attention could be invited to attend a Driver Improvement Course, supplied by BSM.
Depending on the circumstances of the offence, the Procurator Fiscals Service (PFS), responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland, can offer reported drivers the opportunity to attend a Driver Improvement Course to better their driving standard, as opposed to prosecution.
Should the driver accept the offer, BSM will contact them to undergo a one and a half-day re-training course, incorporating classroom and on road sessions.
The programme is a mix of theory and practical re-training and addresses driving behaviour and attitude. BSM assess attendee's decision making and general driving skills to tailor a programme to their individual needs to ensure improvement in their driving behaviour.
BSM will notify the DVLA and the PFS of drivers who have successfully completed the course. Should a repeat offence be committed within a three-year period, the driver will not be presented with the option to attend another course, and will be prosecuted accordingly.
Robin Cummins, road safety consultant for BSM, said: "Being sole supplier for the National Driver Improvement Scheme in Scotland helps to keep retrained drivers' skills consistent, contributing to greater road safety in Scotland.
"BSM's driver training courses are designed to correct poor driving arising from errors of judgement. The programme acts as a good benchmark for driving on UK roads."
BSM/RAC Press office contacts:
Liz Kennett on 01603 688 263/07800 699 667 or Sam Bramwell at Staniforth on 0161 919 8024/077381 96667.
Notes to editors:
- Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK's most experienced national driving school. Each year it teaches over 160,000 learners how to drive. It has approx. 3,400 driving instructors across the UK. While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it is also one of the largest providers of training for driving instructors. It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Registry of Driving Instructor Training) and plays an active role in lobbying the Government on road safety and learner driver-related issues.
- With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
- Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%. RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available from the internet press centre at www.racnews.co.uk.