Driving for Change (D4C)


SERP is committed to road safety and is actively seeking to educate rather than prosecute drivers who have committed certain road traffic offences such as careless driving or driving without due care and attention etc, as a result of a non-collision incident.

The purpose of the Driving for Change (D4C) course is to give eligible offenders the opportunity to attend a course as an alternative to a fine and penalty points to be endorsed on their licence. In some situations it could prevent a summons to attend court being issued.

The courses are only available by referral from the police.

What is the course about?

The course is an on road practical driving coaching session which aims to allow drivers to look at their driving and introduces practical solutions to help them avoid being involved in future incidents. The practical session focusses on individual coaching.

The practical driving section will be two drivers to one trainer and the coaching will take place in a modern dual controlled vehicle. Both manual and automatic vehicles are used.

If you drive a specially adapted vehicle please contact the booking office on 01277 636675 before booking a course.

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

How long is the course?

The courses are of two and a half hours’ duration and are delivered by qualified and licensed NDORS trainers at venues throughout Essex.

When are the courses?

The courses are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, normally 8.30am – 11.00am.

Course Locations in Essex



Weston Homes Community Stadium

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Springfield Parish Centre

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Wat Tyler Park 

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How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £94.00, 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, 7.30am – 4.00pm) 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 D4C 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.

Eyesight check

Before the trainer allows you to participate in the practical driving section you will need to pass the standard driving test eyesight check. This means you will need to be able to read a vehicle number plate from 20.5 m (67ft). If you wear glasses to drive please bring them with you. If you fail the eyesight check you will not be able to complete the course and these facts will be reported to the referring police authority.

If you fail the eyesight check you should not drive again until you can pass the eyesight test as you be committing a driving licence offence and endangering yourself and other road users.

 Adverse weather

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

Currently all courses are running as scheduled.

Terms and Conditions

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

SERP Terms and conditions – NDORS (updated August 2017)

Supporting policies

Click here to view Supporting Essex County Council Policies