Where will my driving assessment be held?
Appointments can be arranged at our main Leeds site or at our outreach centre in York subject to availability. We are able to provide full assessments, inclusive of vehicle adaptation assessments at our outreach centre.
What happens if I need to cancel my appointment?
Please notify us within 2 days of your appointment if you wish to cancel – we will then be in a position to offer you an alternative appointment, if necessary.
What facilities are available at our Centres?
At our main centre in Leeds there is a comfortable waiting area with tea and coffee available. There are accessible toilets, information and literature to read. There are shops and a café nearby. We have on-site parking available.
We have satellite centres in York and Barnsley. If you are attending our York centre there is on-site parking. Please report to the reception desk on arrival (the facilities here are hired by William Merritt Centre). The centre at York has tea and coffee available and accessible toilets. If you are attending our Barnsley site, this is on a hospital site, and parking is limited. Please wait in the main canteen and a member of our team will greet you at the required time. Tea, coffee and toilets are available. Please contact us at our main site in Leeds for further details.
What do I need to bring on the day of assessment?
- Please bring your valid photocard driving licence. If you still have an old paper licence please bring additional photographic ID. We will not be able to carry out an assessment without a valid licence. Please also bring any current information/documentation from the DVLA, if applicable.
- Bring spectacles if you need them for reading and/or driving
- Please wear sensible footwear for driving along with appropriate attire, as part of the assessment will be conducted outdoors.
If you are attending the centre to assess your fitness to drive it is strongly recommended that you bring someone with you to the assessment to help reduce your fatigue and ensure you can return home safely should you be advised to stop driving.
What will happen on the day of the assessment?
The assessment takes approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours to complete
On arrival you will be greeted at reception and shown to a waiting area
If you are delayed by more than 30 minutes for your assessment, we reserve the right to rearrange your appointment for another day.
You will have an initial consultation with an Occupational Therapist/Driver Assessor and Approved Driving Instructor, which will take up to 45 minutes. They will check your driving licence details and discuss any medical issues/limitations that may affect your driving ability. They will also carry out a physical assessment and in some cases you may be asked to undertake a 20 minute paper exercise to assess cognition (such as memory, concentration). We will also check to ensure you meet the minimum legal eyesight requirements for driving.
On road assessment
After the initial interview, you and the Occupational Therapist (OT) and the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will undertake the on road component of the driving assessment.
All assessments are undertaken in one of the centres vehicles. We have a mix of manual and automatic transmission vehicles available. All our vehicles are insured for any driver and have dual brakes fitted to ensure your safety. A suitable vehicle, will be discussed and identified prior to the on road assessment.
We do not use your vehicle for driving assessments due to the need to protect the safety of the assessment staff and your safety, whilst carrying out an on road driving assessment.
Fitness to drive assessments
You are given opportunity to familiarise yourself with our vehicle in a quiet area before progressing onto the main public highway.
The on road assessment will cover all road and traffic conditions and is approximately 15 miles long and will take approximately 45-55 minutes.
Possible outcomes from a fitness to drive assessment
- You may be advised that you are safe to continue to drive
- You may be advised to take some tuition and return to the centre for a review of your driving. If you need to return to us for a review assessment, this could be any time within a 6 month period
- You may be advised to stop driving. It should be noted that whilst every effort is made to enable you to commence or continue to drive, there may be occasions when it is appropriate for us to advise you not to do so. Should we consider this necessary then we directly advise the DVLA on the outcome of your assessment.
Vehicle adaptation assessments
Once the vehicle and vehicle adaptations have been identified, you will be driven to a quiet residential area by the OT and ADI.
You will then transfer to the driver’s seat and full instruction on the operation of the vehicle and vehicle adaptations will be provided by the ADI. You will be given opportunity to trial the vehicle adaptations and become familiar with them.
- You may be advised that you are safe to continue to drive.
- You may be advised to take some tuition with your new method of control and return to the centre for a review of your driving.
- If you need to return to us for a review assessment, this could be any time within a 6 month period
Following the on road assessment, you and the driver assessors will have a brief discussion about the findings of the assessment. The outcome of the assessment will then be discussed with you. There will be opportunity for you to ask questions.
What will happen after the assessment?
Within 2 weeks of your assessment you will receive a report detailing our recommendations (the exception to this, is that DVLA-referred clients, do not receive a report, but you can ask for one by contacting the DVLA directly, if you wish) as given to you verbally on the day, along with any other relevant information. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the centre.
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