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By up to 25% e.g a 2 year ban can be reduced to 18 months on satisfactory completion of the course.

Please be aware that courts can work out the reduction in driving ban slightly differently to what you may expect. i.e some work it out in days, others in weeks or sometimes months. This means that the date you get your licence back, may be slightly different to what you have worked out. Please refer to the document ‘Notice of Reduction in Disqualification’ which was sent to you following your court hearing for details.

Apply for your driving licence 56 days prior to the date when you should get your licence back. Include the reduction given when you complete the course. If you are a High Risk Offender, then it’s 90 days. You should receive a D27 from the DVLA when it is time to apply for your driving licence, if not received, you will need form D1 which can be obtained from a Post Office.
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We do not know the answer to this. The Court, however would have told you. Approximately, a week after your court case you would have received a document from the court called ‘Notice About Reduction in Disqualification’. This document will tell you the length of your ban and the reduction should you complete he course, which could be in days, weeks or months. The date that you are due to get your licence back will depend on this calculation (up to 25%). Each court will calculate this slightly differently, which is why we cannot quote a date. If you have lost this document, please contact the Sentencing Court.

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This is a certificate issued by the training provider when you have reached the completion date set by the court, but have not completed the course. This means that it is now too late for you to take the course and your ban will go to its full term. Advice on how to appeal this decision, can be found on the back of the certificate.

£162 if paying in full

or you can split the payments into 3 easy instalments of £59 (which includes a £15 administration fee)

WE DO NOT CHARGE A PREMIUM FOR WEEKENDS OR EVENINGS

£150 if in receipt of Universal Credit (proof will be required by email, when a link will be provided to make payment)

Lowest prices guaranteed – if you can find a like for like course with another training provider for cheaper, we will match the price (proof will be required by email, when a link will be provided to make payment).

Within two weeks of your court hearing, the court should send us a ‘Referral Order’, providing you chose us as your training provider in court. Once we have received this, we will write to you or send a text message to you to offer a place on a course near to you. If you do not hear from us with two weeks, please contact us immediately. The course must be completed on or before the deadline set by the court.

It’s not a problem, if you would prefer to train with us, but chose another training provider, you will need to contact them to ask them to transfer the Referral Order to us. This can be done securely by email.

This is your reference number, issued by us. You will find it on all correspondence from us. This number must be quoted when booking online.

Have you have lost it, please email us at admin@aspirecourses.co.uk

 

You can pay in 3 instalments, however, the balance must be paid in full a month before your course starts. A £15 admin fee will be added to all instalment plans.

Up to 24 in the classroom plus 2 trainers. Up to 12 online plus 1 trainer.

Courses are very interactive and mainly discussion based, where you will be spilt into smaller groups.

16 hours over all, plus registration and breaks, mostly split over 3 days over 3 consecutive weeks

The course must be completed by the date set by the court. This will be roughly 2 months before you are due to get your driving licence back (with the ban reduction). This means BY LAW we are not allowed to train you beyond your completion date set by the court. There are NO exceptions to this.

Completing a course satisfactorily will normally mean that you will be able to drive earlier as well as enable you to consider your alcohol use in relation to driving. If you fail to complete the course, the court needs to be informed, and a ‘Notice of Non- Completion’ will be issued under sect. 34B(5) of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Without the course, statistically you are TWICE as likely to re-offend in the future and this would make you a ‘High Risk Offender’. (If you are one already it would be even more serious).
If you were to re-offend it is reasonable to assume that the court would take a more severe view next time, having offered you the option of the course, which you accepted but did not complete. The implications are even greater if you are already a ‘High Risk Offender’.

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You may be able to apply for a further reduction in your ban under sect.42(1) of the Act. The court will charge £200 for this application, successful or not!
Section 42(1) of The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 allows drivers
to make representation to the Court that banned them for the early removal of a disqualification after 2 years or half the ban if greater than 5 years.
This is possible in addition to any reduction for completing an approved course, i.e. 36 month ban – less 25% for doing the course (9m) = 27m – less 3m under sect.42(1) = 24 months.
The reduction already agreed for completing an approved course cannot be altered, so that is safe whatever the Court decides.
What do you do?
1] You need to write to the ‘Clerk to the Justices’ at the Court where you were sentenced, asking for a hearing. Give as much information as you can: date of the original hearing, your full name, date of birth, address at the time, and if you know it; your case number and your driving licence number. All this will help locate your papers.
2] When you appear you will need to present your case as to why you need to drive early, not just that you would like to.
You need an outstandingly good reason for a further reduction of the ban.
Examples include: a new job or promotion dependent on driving again; some health issue in the family, which would be helped by you being able to drive again; an elderly relative for whom you care; charity work; or perhaps contact with your children.
Your legal advisor will be able to tell you more.
A report from your GP (including blood tests perhaps – see HRO sheet) may also help, particularly if you are a ‘High Risk Offender’. You may also consider contacting one of the alcohol advice centres in the area (see Yellow Pages) in order to demonstrate your willingness to consider the issue more fully. They will sometimes write a brief letter of support to the Court.
The Court will also need to know that you have addressed your use of alcohol in relation to driving. Evidence of this may be met, in part, by attending the course, so take your Certificate along, [or dde report if you are not under Drink Driver Rehabilitation Scheme].
Some courts won’t hear your case until you reach the two year [or half way point, if longer than 2 years]; we are trying to get this changed as in our view it is not possible to gain the maximum relief unless your case is heard 2 months before. So try to start the process about two months before the two-year (or half way) point.
If you are not happy addressing the Court you can write your submission and hand it to the Legal Advisor (Court Clerk) to read, though keep it short and to the point or you may consider it is worth investing in the aid of a Solicitor.
If you are successful and the Court allows you an extra period of reduction, you need to immediately apply for your licence (D1 form from the Post Office), after which the DVLA can sometimes issue an ‘interim permission to drive’ – pending the result of the blood test.

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What others say

I was really dreading it, and had put it off to the last possible moment. I didn't really know what to expect but was really pleasantly surprised. The teachers put us at ease straight away and I can honestly say it was one of the best training courses I've been on. Although I will add that I never want to repeat the experience! :) They made things as light-hearted as they could be, making us laugh throughout, but making sure the seriousness of why we all there wasn't lost. A great skill! The content of the course was really educational and supportive and has given me a lot to think about and use to make positive changes. Many thanks to all.

Matt. West Midlands

​I chose this course because it was the cheapest available and the venue was the closest to me. I was surprised at the large spectrum of people on the course, all ages, experiences and backgrounds. Although I have not been driving long, there was a lot to learn about driving as well as alcohol. The course was very interactive and everyone got involved. Other attendees were very friendly and the driving instructors were really nice too and quite funny. I could say that I would recommend the course to my friends, (or maybe not - if you know what I mean)

Hannah. Peterborough

I am a real technophobe and was very worried about this course being on Zoom as I have never done anything like it before, but it was really easy and I received lots of help from the people at Aspire. I am recently bereaved and was dreading going on this course, as I expected it to upset me by revisiting the traumatic experience that brought me there in the first place. The course was very informative and I confronted a lot of issues, which strangely now help me to feel more at peace. The tutors are very sympathetic and understanding. There was a real comradely feel to the course with everyone there being very supportive. I have actually made a few friends, which I intend to keep in touch with. Yes, a very worthwhile course.

Denis. Hastings

I am amazed! I only went on the course so I could get my licence back earlier for work reasons – but was pleasantly surprised. I was quite nervous, as I have not been in a classroom environment since I was at school. I expected the worst and to be treated like a child or even a criminal, but instead the trainers were friendly and very respectful and spoke to us on a level without being at all judgemental. I was expecting the police, but the trainers were driving instructors. The course was in fact a real eye opener – and dare I say, I actually enjoyed it? Thank you, guys for making the experience a positive one.

Cathy. Guildford

I was really dreading it, and had put it off to the last possible moment. I didn't really know what to expect but was really pleasantly surprised. The teachers put us at ease straight away and I can honestly say it was one of the best training courses I've been on. Although I will add that I never want to repeat the experience! :) They made things as light-hearted as they could be, making us laugh throughout, but making sure the seriousness of why we all there wasn't lost. A great skill! The content of the course was really educational and supportive and has given me a lot to think about and use to make positive changes. Many thanks to all.

Matt. West Midlands

​I chose this course because it was the cheapest available and the venue was the closest to me. I was surprised at the large spectrum of people on the course, all ages, experiences and backgrounds. Although I have not been driving long, there was a lot to learn about driving as well as alcohol. The course was very interactive and everyone got involved. Other attendees were very friendly and the driving instructors were really nice too and quite funny. I could say that I would recommend the course to my friends, (or maybe not - if you know what I mean)

Hannah. Peterborough

I am a real technophobe and was very worried about this course being on Zoom as I have never done anything like it before, but it was really easy and I received lots of help from the people at Aspire. I am recently bereaved and was dreading going on this course, as I expected it to upset me by revisiting the traumatic experience that brought me there in the first place. The course was very informative and I confronted a lot of issues, which strangely now help me to feel more at peace. The tutors are very sympathetic and understanding. There was a real comradely feel to the course with everyone there being very supportive. I have actually made a few friends, which I intend to keep in touch with. Yes, a very worthwhile course.

Denis. Hastings

I am amazed! I only went on the course so I could get my licence back earlier for work reasons – but was pleasantly surprised. I was quite nervous, as I have not been in a classroom environment since I was at school. I expected the worst and to be treated like a child or even a criminal, but instead the trainers were friendly and very respectful and spoke to us on a level without being at all judgemental. I was expecting the police, but the trainers were driving instructors. The course was in fact a real eye opener – and dare I say, I actually enjoyed it? Thank you, guys for making the experience a positive one.

Cathy. Guildford
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