The Driving and Mobility Centre West of England is here to help disabled and older people keep mobile and independent, and help those affected by medical conditions stay safe on the road. We have an expert team of Occupational Therapists and Driving Advisors that undertake comprehensive assessments of ability to drive a vehicle safely and in comfort.
What we do
Our aim is to keep people independently mobile as drivers or passengers. We carry out driver assessments at our acccredited centre, and can offer independent advice on aids and adaptations.
If you are having problems getting around as a passenger in a car, or feel that you may benefit from having a scooter, we have an experienced team who can help.
Will I be able to use my own car for the assessment?
Clients are unable to drive their own vehicles for assessment. The centre has dual controlled vehicles for safety and insurance purposes. We have both manual and automatic cars, with a variety of vehicle adaptations.
What does an assessment involve?
An assessment takes about 2 hours and involves an interview with a Driving Advisor and/or Occupational Therapist, and could include a cognitive assessment. We will test your visual field, distance vision and reaction times, before an in car assessment. Find out more on these tests here.
How do I refer myself for an assessment?
You can refer yourself for any of our services. Please see our services to find out more information on a specific assessment and the cost of that service. To book an assessment, please call 0117 965 9353.
Our Partners and other useful links
The DVLA maintain the registration and licensing of drivers in Great Britain and the registration and licensing of vehicles. They are responsible for recording medical conditions and can refer people to us for assessments.
The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance.
We are a part of Driving Mobility, which is a network of independent organisations which offer professional, high quality information, advice and assessment to people who need to gain or retain independence through mobility.
RIDC gives information on a wide range of mobility products, cars, scooters and wheelchairs and also develops consumer research for older and disabled people.
Stroke is a UK-wide charity solely concerned with combating strokes in people of all ages. They work with stroke survivors and their families, researchers and medics.
Parkinsons UK drives better care, treatments and quality of life. They provide expert information on every aspect of Parkinson’s so that people affected by the condition can stay in control of their lives.
The MS Society is the UK’s leading MS charity. They provide information and support on MS and funding for research.
Alzheimer’s Society support anyone affected by dementia, to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
…thank you for the help you gave me in getting back to driving again… this makes my life so much more enjoyable….
…the staff were helpful, professional and positive….