The aim of an assessment is to check physical and cognitive ability to drive a vehicle safely and in comfort and to offer advice on aids and adaptations that may assist driving.
The assessment process will establish your fitness to drive, related to your medical condition. All assessments are carried out by a team of qualified Occupational Therapists and Approved Driving Instructors who will be present during an on road assessment. Manual and automatic vehicles with dual controls, are available with and without vehicle adaptations.
You can refer yourself for an Assessment, the DVLA can refer you or you can be referred by a healthcare professional. In order to be referred one of the below application forms have to be filled out and returned to the Centre. We will then get in contact with you to book an assessment once the application is authorised by an Occupational Therapist. There are fees involved with driving assessments, please see below.
What an Assessment consists of?
The appointment will consist of a short interview followed by an on road assessment where you will drive one of our vehicles around the local area. You will be asked to undergo a brief cognitive assessment and read a number plate at least 25m in the distance, and then, following instruction from the Driving Instructor, asked to demonstrate your driving ability on the road. The practical aspect of the assessment should not take any longer that 40-45 minutes. We are unable to offer assessments in your own vehicle or off road assessments.
After an Assessment?
The Occupational Therapist/Driving Assessor and Driving Instructor will have a brief discussion about the assessment and then you will be invited to join them to discuss the outcome of the assessment. You will then be advised on the next steps. You will receive a copy of the report written by the Occupational Therapist/Driving Assessor. If you have been referred by the DVLA and wish to see a copy of the report, you will need to request a copy from them.
Assessments are available at our centres in Leeds, York, Sheffield. Please contact us for more details.
Soar Works Enterprise Centre
14 Knutton Road
William Merritt Centre
Regus Business Centre
We provide assessments and advice on a number of vehicle adaptations:
Easy Release Handbrake
As well as assessments, we also offer specialist driver tuition for clients who are new to/and or are learning to drive with vehicle adaptations.
GP or NHS Professional referral: FREE
Self referral: £95
Rehabilitation case manager referral: £250
Private Therapist referral: £250
Car/Passenger Access assessment at WMDLC: FREE
Car/Passenger Access assessment home visit: £25
(within the Leeds area please contact the Centre if you live outside of the Leeds area)
To book a driving assessment please fill out one of the application forms below and return it to the centre.