Road Fit Assessment

The Road Fit scheme is for any driver who has a health issue that may make driving more difficult or who is returning to driving perhaps after an operation of health episode.

The scheme enables you to take a short assessed drive with one of our local professional driver trainers.  You will be given advice about your driving performance and written report at the conclusions of your assessment.  Your Doctor will be sent a copy of this report.  This will help you and your Doctor decide the best course of action to take to reduce the chance of problems occurring when you are behind the wheel.

How to I access the Road Fit Scheme?

  • You can be referred by your GP or another health professional if their is a concern about your fitness to drive or your fitness to return to driving.
  • You can ask you GP or another health professional to refer you if you have a health problem which is making driving more difficult.  For example, you may feel less safe driving following an operation or if you have experienced and event that has affected you emotionally.
  • You can refer yourself for a Road Fit Assessment
  • You can refer a family member or friend, with their knowledge that you are doing so, if you are concerned about their driving.

The Road Fit Referral

In order to make your assessment appointment, we will ask for:

  • Your name, address and contact number
  • Your Doctor's name and surgery address
  • A brief reason why you are being referred to the Road Fit scheme.
  • Payment of the fee for the assessment (currently £40.00) 

We will then pass your contact details to one of our local Approved Driving Instructors who will get in touch with you to agree a mutually convenient time and date for the Road Fit Assessment.  This will usually start from your home address.

 

The Road Fit Assessment

The instructor will meet you as arranged and introduce themselves.  You and your driver trainer will take some time to talk about your driving concerns so that you can get the best out of your observed drive.  You do not need to give the trainer any details of your medical condition unless you want to.

  • Before commencing the observed drive, you will be asked to:
  • Show your current driving licence
  • Show your certificate of insurance if you use your own vehicle
  • Show your vehicle's MOT certificate, if applicable.
  • Demonstrate that you are able to read a number plate at the required distance, as specified by the Highway Code.

If everything is above order, then you will set off for your observed drive which will be up to 45 minutes in duration.  To make it as fair an assessment as possible, you will normally be asked to drive the roads and routes you usually use.  At the end of the drive, your instructor will talk you through points of your driving that seemed good and any that gave concern.  You may be given some tips about how to make your drive safer including, if appropriate, more driving sessions.  In some cases, the advice may be for you to consider changing from driving to other ways of getting around.

 

Rights and Responsibilities

It is not the purpose of the Road Fit scheme to deal with anyone who has a medical condition that must be notified to the DVLA.  Your GP will be aware of the DVLA list of notifiable conditions.

Your Road Fit driver trainer will not have any role regarding your driving licence.

In the event that a driver is considered dangerous, this will be included in the report to the doctor, who has a duty to act on this information.

 

Assessment Cost: £40