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Coronavirus-Related Frequently Asked Questions for Online Courses (FAQs)

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Last updated on Thursday 26th March - 18.30hrs


Are courses still going ahead?
DriveTech are switching its course delivery from venue attendance to online participation from Friday 27th March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep checking back on our website for further updates. If for any reason courses are cancelled, you will be notified in advance. We are working to pro-actively manage existing delegates in priority order.
 
I cannot login – I am having trouble connecting?
Please refer to the guidance on our DriveTech website for technical help on how to login to the portal. You should refer to your joining instructions for the link to join the course. In addition there is some useful third-party guidance on how to improve your internet signal at home here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52027348
 
I do not have a camera on my computer device - can I still attend ?
You must have a camera facility on the device you use to access the online course. The trainer needs to see that you are present for the entire duration of the course and to also check your I.D. before you join the main course.
Do you have a smart phone which has a camera as this can be used?
Alternatively, is there anyone in your household who has a device with a camera you can use?
 
As this is an alternative to prosecution, your alternative option will be the decision of the Police about the next steps. Please wait for them to contact you in the event that you cannot participate on an online course.

 
Will there be a test?
There is no specific test. However, you do have to complete the course and fully engage with the online workshop as instructed by the trainer.
 
What if I don't have a driving licence or passport to hand?
As an alternative form of ID you can supply 2 utility bills with the corresponding address provided to the police.
 
My deadline to complete the original classroom course as between 16-30 March  - courses stopped running or I was in self-isolation. Can I still book on the online course? Would the police extend my deadline so I can attend and complete?
As this is an alternative to prosecution, the police wil be in touch with you about the next step in this instance. Please wait for them to contact you.
 
I took one of the alternatives (prosecution or court appearance) but now you have this online option, can I revert to attending this course online?
Unfortunately not. Once the Conditional Offer has been processed by the police it is not possible to revert back. The police will be in touch with you about next steps.
 
I am self-isolating with my children and I do not have childcare provision - how do I attend the online course?
It is a requirement to be able to complete the course from a quiet space in order to allow you to concentrate and fully engage. If this is not possible then one of the other prosecution options will need to be considered. We are offering 3 virtual courses per day - so maybe consider the best time-slot option for you?

I am not computer-literate, but I have a friend or family member that could help. Is this ok?
Yes. You will need to mute your microphone during the course if your assistant remains throughout, apart from when you are asked to actively participate. Hopefully, you will only require initial set-up support prior to the start, and you should then be self-sufficient.

Can I have an interpreter with me on the course?
Yes. You must supply their name beforehand and they will need to have ID available too. You will need to mute your microphone during the course unless you are asked to participate.

I have booked an 'SCD' course (Safe & Considerate Driving - an on road course). What are my options?
We are working with NDORS to try to get this course transferred to a virtual equivalent. We will be in contact as soon as we believe this will become available.

What is the option if I cannot attend the online course?
You details will be passed back to the referring police force. As this is an alternative to prosecution, the police will be in touch to advise on next steps.

Is there a cost to downoad "TEAMS" - the online platform you use?
No. This is free to download from online app stores as an application, or you can access from the internet.

Is this going to work on older computer equipment?
If the device/software is still supported, it should be compatible. We do recommend you test the system in advance of your course time to avoid any last minute glitches.

If I get disconnected part-way through the course, would I be able to rebook free of charge?
Yes, you will have the opportunity to try again. We can rebook you subject to availability.

The course is 2.5 hours long. Would there be a break?
Yes, we will operate in the same way as at venue locations with an approximate 15 minute break in the middle.

Do you allow Flexi-booking?
Yes, the option to pay an additional charge to have the flexibility to change the date/time of your originally booked online course will be available.