Rider Intervention and Developing Experience (RIDE)

SERP is committed to road safety and is actively seeking to educate rather than prosecute drivers who have exceeded specific speed limits.

The RIDE course can be offered to motorcyclists who commit an offence witnessed by a police officer, which the officer considers is committed with aggravating factors: an example could be an excess speed offence combined with poor riding.

Eligible offenders can be offered the opportunity to attend a RIDE course as an alternative to the Fixed Penalty system of a £100 fine and three penalty points to be endorsed on their licence. In some situations it could prevent a summons to attend court being issued.

SERP recognises that motorcyclists are a bespoke group, with the highest casualty rate of any road user group when taken as a percentage of how many are on the road.

The RIDE course seeks to change riders’ attitudes in support of SERP’s drive to reduce rider casualties, rather than simply issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice.

The courses are only available by referral from the police.

What is the course about?

The course has been designed to:

  • Increase awareness of current rider behaviour.
  • Provide a method to create a positive approach to motorcycling.
  • Prevent further unnecessary deaths and injury to motorcyclists on our roads.

There is no test to be taken on the course by drivers must fully participate to complete the course.

How long is the course?

The courses are theory only and are of seven hours’ duration, including a lunch break. They are delivered by qualified and licensed NDORS trainers, and are currently available at Colchester only. A buffet lunch is provided. If you have special dietary requirement please inform the booking office at the time of booking or complete the special requirement section online.

When and where are the courses held?

The courses are held about twice a month, 9.00am – 4.00pm, at the Excel Motorcycle Centre in Colchester.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £100.00, payable at the point of booking. If you have financial difficulties with making this payment at the time of booking, please contact the Essex County Council Booking Office on 01277 636675 (Mon – Fri, 8.30am – 2.30pm) who may be able to arrange a pre-payment scheme. All courses need to be paid for a minimum of seven days before attendance.

What do I need to do to book a course?

To book a course you must be in possession of your driving licence. If this is a photo card licence the photo must be in date. If in doubt, check the date at 4b on the front of the card.

Click here to book a national RIDE course in Essex

Click here if you do not want to take a course in Essex

What do I need to bring to the course?

You must bring your photo card driving licence as proof of your identity. If you have an old style paper driving licence then you should bring your passport with you.

If you have difficulty with photographic identification please contact the booking office on 01277 636675 before the day of your course as you will not be allowed to attend the course if you cannot produce photographic identification.

Adverse weather

During periods of adverse weather it may be necessary to cancel courses at short notice and re-arrange to an alternative date.

Currently all courses are running as scheduled.

Terms and conditions

Click here to download Terms and Conditions for NDORS courses offered by Essex County Council as part of SERP.

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