The aim of an assessment is to check physical and cognitive ability to drive a vehicle in safety and comfort and to offer advice on aids and adaptations that may assist driving.
If your doctor has any doubts about your practical ability to drive safely he may suggest a referral for an assessment to confirm your ability. If you or your family have any concerns about your driving ability you can self refer to your local “Driving Mobility” assessment centre. If you need to use a new method of control to drive or if you think you may need adapted controls, again you can self refer or if you are a Motability customer (or intend to become one) you could contact Motability (0300 456 4566) and ask to be referred for a driving assessment.
DVLA may refer you for a driving assessment as part of their medical inquiries once the questionnaire has been completed; a self referral would though result in the assessment taking place more quickly and the assessment report could then be sent to DVLA to aid their medical inquiries and speed up the process.
There is normally a charge for a driving assessment, contact your local centre for details; Motability and DVLA referrals are currently free of charge. You must have current driving entitlement to undertake an in-car assessment, a non driving assessment can be undertaken to establish potential for returning to driving and a limited in-car assessment may be possible at centres with off road facilities.
The Assessment Centre Team will consider all aspects of driving including medical fitness, vision, awareness, reactions and decision-making as well as physical ability to operate the controls.
Assessment Centre staff are very experienced in putting clients at their ease and do their utmost to be supportive to individual drivers to help them retain or increase their independent mobility wherever possible. Following the assessment all clients receive verbal advice as well as a written report.
Attending for an assessment isn’t like taking a driving test! The assessment Centre staff are there to help support you.