Here are some of our most commonly asked questions
Q: I have just agreed in Court to attend a DDRS Course with Aquarius DRIVE. Do I have to contact you or will you contact me?
A: We will write to you, usually within 2/3 weeks of your Court appearance.
Q: I committed my offence outside the West Midlands but would prefer to attend a course in this area, is that possible?
A: Yes you can ask in Court for a course in your area.
Q: The Magistrates did not mention these courses at the time I was sentenced but I would like to have been offered the chance to attend a course. Is this possible?
A: You can only get referred for a course and get a reduction in your driving ban if the course was offered as part of your sentence in Court. Otherwise, you can attend but would not be entitled to have your ban reduced.
Q: How can I pay for my course:
A: You can pay by card / cheque /or pay cash direct into our bank account (we provide a personalised paying in slip). You can spread the fee by instalments as long as the booking is made early enough to allow this. The fee must always be paid in full before your course starts.
Q: Is there an exam at the end of the course?
A: No, but there are Conditions of Attendance which must be adhered to, e.g. you must attend all the sessions on time.
Q: My drink-drive offence was a one-off occurrence in circumstances that will never happen again so do I have to attend the course?
A: You don’t have to attend the course if you don’t want to, but it will give you the education, information and ‘tools’ to help you to ensure that it never happens again.
Q: I do not have a drink problem, why am I being sent on this course?
A: The course is not aimed at people with a drink problem. It is designed to help everyone, even occasional drinkers, to plan how to separate drinking from driving.
Q: Will I have to undergo a medical to get my licence back?
A: In some cases, whether or not you attend a DDRS course, DVLA may require you to have a medical if you are in the DVLA High Risk Offender Category, i.e.:
- More than 2.5 times over the legal limit (88 in Breath and 200 in Blood)
- 2nd disqualification in 10 years
- Failed to provide a sample for analysis.
Q: Will I have to retake my driving test?
A: Only if it was ordered by the Court as part of your sentence, or if you have accrued more than 6 points within 2 years of passing your driving test.
Q: Will attending the course help with Insurance:
A: There are Insurance companies who recognise the course and can offer preferential rates on presentation of a Certificate of Completion. Contact numbers are given on the course.