Amputation - Driving Mobility

Amputation

An amputation is the surgical removal of part of the body, such as an arm or leg. If you have had an amputation and you intend to drive you must inform the DVLA.

An amputation is the surgical removal of part of the body, such as an arm or leg. An amputation may be needed if:

  • you have a severe infection in your limb
  • your limb has been affected by gangrene
  • there is serious trauma to your limb
  • your limb is deformed and has limited movement and function

If you have had an amputation and you intend to drive you must inform the DVLA

If you have congenital absence of a limb, or have had an amputation, our Mobility Centres can assess you needs and advise you regarding driving adaptations and getting in and out of the vehicle. If you use walking aids or a wheelchair the Mobility Centre teams can advise you how to load equipment into a car.

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Useful links

Reach UK (https://reach.org.uk/driving-a-car/)

RiDC: Motoring after an amputation (https://www.ridc.org.uk/features-reviews/guides/driving-disability/motoring-after-amputation)