Phone number

0117 965 9353


The Vassall Centre

Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Opening times

09:00 - 16:30

Monday to Friday

A specialist assessment centre, empowering people to maintain independence
20th October 2019


Phone number

0117 965 9353


The Vassall Centre

Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Opening times

09:00 - 16:30

Monday to Friday

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We are experts at helping people to stay
independently mobile

Our 25th anniversary

Contact us

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.

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Find out more about driving assessments for new or experienced drivers. Information on how to refer yourself or a relative.

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Passenger Assessments
Our experienced team help assess individual needs to give the best advice on the equipment options available.

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Loading Equipment
Try various methods for loading wheelchairs and scooters into a range of vehicles with an expert on hand to advise.

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Specialist driving tuition is designed around your needs following an assessment.

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Mobility Scooter Assessments
Impartial advice to help you choose the right scooter, as well as advice on using it out and about.

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Information and Advice
For futher advice, get in touch directly by giving us a call, or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Our Venues

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Bristol is our main centre where all our services are available.

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We have a small centre at Yeovil that can cater for driving assessments.


This picture shows the Safewise Centre in Weymouth, a modern multi storey building with a glass front and a wavy roof.

We have a centre in Weymouth where our team can cater for driving assessments.

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.


Healthcare Professionals

Guidelines if you have concerns regarding a patient’s fitness to drive, and information on referring patients for a driving assessment.





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.

We are a specialist
Assessment Service

…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….