HC Deb 09 January 2002 vol 377 cc903-4W
Mr. Pollard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the driver improvement scheme in reducing road traffic accidents; if he plans to assist those on low incomes with the fees and with loss of earnings while attending; and if he will make a statement. [25303]

Mr. Jamieson

I have been asked to reply.

National Driver Improvement Schemes are currently offered as an alternative to prosecution by the police. Research so far conducted shows improvement in driver attitudes and self-reported behaviour in the three months following attendance at courses. Further research is being undertaken to try to assess re-offending rates.

The matter of fees is for the police and for the course providers.