New figures show that more than 1.4m drivers attended driver retraining courses in 2017, a record high.
The figure of 1,413,598 – provided by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) – represents a year-on-year rise of 2% and is almost a million more than in 2010, the first year retraining courses were offered.
NDORS is an alternative to prosecution for drivers who have committed road traffic offences. Courses are provided by private companies on behalf of the police.
There are a total of nine NDORS courses, the most recent of which – the Motorway Speed Awareness Course and the National Motorway Course – were introduced in 2017.
The vast majority of offenders in 2017 (1,195,356) attended the national speed awareness course.
A further 92,386 people completed What’s Driving Us? – a short classroom based course for drivers who have committed a wide range of offences including using mobile phones and going through red lights.
The RAC Foundation says the emergence of new courses highlights ‘the increasing complexity’ of the UK road network, and warns that imminent enforcement of ‘Red X signals’ on motorways could lead to the figure rising again in 2018.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The emergence of so many courses partly reflects the increasing complexity of the road network and rise in restrictions drivers now face.
“From 20 mph zones in towns to variable speed limits on motorways the rules of the road are growing in type and number, and there now seems to be a course to match every eventuality.
“The record number of courses run last year could be topped this year as police step up enforcement of Red X signals on motorways.”