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As a registered charity, Driving Mobility accredits a network of 20 driving assessment centres covering the whole of the UK. Many with outreach facilities, these centres include independent charities and NHS centres which offer professional information and assessment so disabled and elderly people can gain or retain independence.
Driving Mobility ensures that there are common standards, promotes good practice and offers training and education to centre staff and related external individuals and organisations, whilst working closely with associated national bodies. These include the Department for Transport, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Driver and Vehicle Agency (NI), Motability, NHS Trusts and the Police, along with many more valued stakeholders.
Driving Mobility is supported by the Department for Transport and its patron Baroness Thomas of Winchester.
Click here to find a Driving Mobility centre near you
Who do Driving Mobility offer advice and assessments to?
- People with a medical condition that may impact their ability to make appropriate decisions with regards to safe driving
- People with a disability who think they may need special modifications to a motor vehicle in order to be able to control it safely
- Experienced, older drivers who may have concerns about their standard of driving
- Parents/Carers who need to transport people, including children, with restricted mobility in a motor vehicle
- People considering a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV)
- People who wish to begin, or return to driving following an illness, injury or accident
- People who are recovering from an accident or injury which may temporarily affect their ability to drive or transfer to a vehicle.
What do Driving Mobility Offer?
Assessment and advice:
- on adaptations to overcome physical problems with vehicle control
- with regard to your ability to drive safely
- on wheelchair and scooter loading and transportation
- regarding passenger / driver access to vehicles
The following assessment and advice are available at some Centres:
- wheelchair/scooter selection
- motorcycles or heavy goods vehicles
- vocational assessments for taxi drivers and PSV licence holders
- postural support seating solutions for air travel
- paediatric assessment including powered wheelchairs and car seats
You can find more information on the types of assessment provided by your nearest Centre by entering your postcode at Find a centre and selecting the service you need from the ‘And optionally choose any services you need’ search function.
Who should attend?
Anyone with a physical or cognitive issue related to driving, or those wishing to carryout an on-road fitness to drive assessment. A driving licence is required. The scheme is designed for those who have a diagnosed notifiable medical condition.
Click here to see the list of notifiable medical conditions
What does the assessment involve?
An initial consultation of approximately 40 minutes with a Driving Advisor and/or an Occupational Therapist, where medical and driving history is reviewed. Where appropriate, simple physical checks are carried out, possibly a reaction time test and/or a 10 minute paper based exercise to assess cognition (such as memory and concentration).
Following the pre-drive consultation, an off-road assessment is carried out which will include a vision test and vehicle familiarisation. Where appropriate, the assessment will then progress onto public roads, covering no more than 15 miles. At the end of the assessment, a recommendation will be made.
Unfortunately, drivers cannot use their own vehicle for the driving assessment. However, it may be useful to look at the driver’s vehicle and existing adaptations where appropriate.
See the below video on what to expect during an assessment at a mobility centre
What should I do if I need to retire from driving?
The Department for Transport has recently released funding of £1.5 million to Driving Mobility Centres across England to operate a Mobility Hub as part of their service.
Giving up driving can be a life-changing experience and people may feel lost, upset and wonder how they can still go about their daily lives without a car. The Mobility Hub is there to offer support and advice on what alternatives are available to help people get where they need to be, without costing the earth.
As well as getting around your local area, the Hub can offer advice if you need to travel further afield on public transport and are not sure how to get assistance from train, coach and ferry operators, or even at the airport. They can also advise on your rights as a disabled passenger.
Click here to find the nearest Hub to you. The Hubs service is FREE impartial advice so why not find out about stress-free leisure and business travel when living with additional needs, their expert team are ready to get you going car free!