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Aquarius DRIVE is one of the providers, in the West Midlands, for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)

We run alcohol education courses for people convicted of drink-drive offences who have been referred by Magistrates’ Courts in Birmingham, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell.  

Magistrates may offer convicted drink-drivers the option of attending a course which, on completion, entitles participants to have their driving ban reduced by up to 25%.  

The Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)

  • The DDRS course should be offered to all first-time offenders although repeat offenders are not specifically excluded.  If offered by Magistrates it will be in addition to any fine / disqualification.  The course does not replace supervised probation alcohol education but complements it.
  • The aim of the course is to reduce reoffending by educating those people convicted of drink-driving about alcohol and by improving their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards drinking and driving. The methodology has been shown to reduce reoffending both in Britain and abroad.  Whilst on the course participants learn how to separate drinking from driving.
  • The fee for the course is £150.  In order to secure a place on a course a £50 deposit will be required. The balance is then payable before the start of their course (this can be paid in instalments).  Some concessionary fees are available for weekday courses (£130)

  • Participants can attend an Aquarius DRIVE course in the daytime or evening (weekdays or Saturdays)  over three, four or eight weeks

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Course content and issues covered include the following:

  • Review of individual offences – causes, consequences and alternatives to drinking and driving
  • Alcohol and the law: the offence of drink-driving
  • Effects of alcohol on performance, especially on driving skills
  • Links between alcohol and road safety
  • Attitudes towards drinking and towards drink-driving
  • The concept of ‘units’ as a measure of alcohol
  • How alcohol accumulates in and is eliminated by the body
  • Effects of alcohol on health and behaviour. Individual drinking patterns
  • Practical ways to separate drinking and driving

Teaching methods include formal lecture, discussion, group work, dvd’s, hand outs and home assignments.

The 18-hour course consists of either:

  • 8 x 2¼ hour sessions held once a week for eight consecutive weeks
  • 4 x 4½ hour sessions held once a week for four consecutive weeks.
  • 3 x 6 hour sessions held once a week for three consecutive weeks.

In order to allow participants to attend a course within reasonable distance of their home or work, courses are run at a variety of venues and with good public transport access.

We offer courses at venues in:

  • Central Birmingham
  • Stourbridge
  • Solihull
  • West Bromwich
  • Wolverhampton
  • Sutton Coldfield

Wherever possible we use venues that provide access for people with disabilities.  Please note that the course is only delivered in English; please inform the DRIVE office if there are any potential language issues.

Completion of the DRIVE Course

On successful completion participants are issued with a Certificate of Completion to present to the court which will, in turn, notify the DVLA of the reduced disqualification period.

The course needs to be completed and DVLA notified of the reduction at least eight weeks before the end of any reduced period of disqualification so that their records can be amended and the licence re-issued.  Should a participant not complete the course s/he will be issued with Notice of Non-Completion by Aquarius.

DVSA Approved Drink Drive Course

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If you have any further questions you can check our frequently asked questions page or contact us at DRIVE@aquarius.org.uk 

If you have any compliments, comments or complaints about Aquarius please let us know by downloading and completing this form Comments, Compliments and Complaints

If you are not completely satisfied with the way Aquarius handle any complaint then you can email: DDRS.Complaints@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

Information about Exclusion of a Participant from a Course and their Subsequent Right of Appeal