Do I need a driving licence for an assessment?

June 29, 2018

Drivers would normally have either a valid Provisional or Full UK Licence.

If you do not have a licence, please contact the centre to discuss what other options may be available.

Can I drive myself to the assessment if I have no-one else to bring me?

October 26, 2016

We would strongly recommend that somebody drives you to and from the assessment, or alternatively that you use public transport.

Some clients have stated that driving themselves to the Centre has caused them to feel more anxious and/or tired which may have affected their driving during the assessment. Also, there may be occasions when clients are advised not to drive following their assessment. This can be very stressful for the person who then may struggle to find alternative transport home.

Can I drive my own car for the assessment?

July 21, 2016

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. We realise that the car will be new to you, so time is allocated at the beginning of the on-road assessment for you to become familiar with the car.

How soon can I resume driving following my illness?

July 21, 2016

This depends on your medical condition and you should either telephone us for advice, or consult the DVLA website section ‘Medical Conditions’. You may need to inform the DVLA of your medical condition if you have not already done so.

Do I have to drive to driving test standard?

July 21, 2016

No. Like a driving test, the assessment takes place on a pre-planned route and the Driving Advisor will give clear directional instructions, however, the assessment is not as prescriptive and differs in other ways.

Many experienced drivers over the years develop habits, both good and bad, providing these habits or driving styles are safe, this will not have an impact on the outcome of the assessment. It is important however that the driver can demonstrate safe and independent driving.

There will not be a Highway Code test as such, however, you will be expected to keep to the speed limits and react to all road traffic signs and markings appropriately.

Current costs of assessment and how to pay

July 21, 2016

The fee will depend on who is referring you. The fee will depend on who is referring you: DVLA and Motability referrals will be free to service users.

Those who are referred by a healthcare professional pay a subsidised fee, as long as the referral form is returned with the application form. (To download, please go to Our Services, Driving Assessment page and click on the Referral form button.)

Those who self-refer for a driving assessment pay a higher fee, reflecting the cost of extra administration involved in obtaining medical information.  The service user may also be approached by their GP to pay a fee for providing the information to us. Driving and Mobility do not pay for this.