Driving With Special Needs

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Driving and the practical test

Driving with special needs. The examiner makes will adjustments when teaching someone that is driving with special needs with hearing difficulty, physical disability or with a learning difficulty is taking a practical driving test?

All tests are the same test. People with hearing, physical or learning difficulties may be allocated Additional time.to ensure the examiner has time to communicate with candidates with hearing difficulties (using written notes, with the aid of lip-reading or sign language – with an interpreter if necessary), has time to discuss any physical disability and adaptations that may be needed and has time to discuss any requirements that would help to overcome learning difficulties or special educational needs.

The additional time allocation would also allow the pupil to take a break during the test if. Extra time allocation does not mean the test candidate will be driving for any longer or doing any additional tasks but merely allows extra time at the start of the test and allows for the possibility of taking a break partway through the test if it is necessary.

Can I take the test in a manual or automatic car?

You can take the practical test in either a manual or an automatic car, depending on your needs. You will be restricted to only automatic transmission f you pass your test in an automatic, your licence will be coded accordingly. Physical disability may mean you need an automatic but people with special needs educational needs or hearing difficulties may be perfectly capable of driving a standard manual car. the examiner will record the restriction codes required on the Pass Certificate If adaptations are required. These codes will then appear on your full driving licence (on the rear of the plastic card).

Do I have to state my disability on the booking form?

When booking a practical driving test anyone with special needs,  hearing difficulty, physical disability or learning difficulty must state the details on the booking form you can also declare via phone. You details will sent to the driving test examiner. A decision is made as to whether an “extra time” allocation is required and the booking is then made. the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has produced A short but useful leaflet “Your needs and the driving test”

Driving test extra time allocation

  • If you are deaf or have severe hearing difficulties.
  • firstly if you have learning difficulties or special educational needs.

  • also, if you have restricted movements.

  • in addition, If you have any physical disability.

  • also you have any missing limbs.

  • Lastly, if your medical condition prevents conventional operation of the standard controls of a manual car.

If in doubt book by phone and discuss your special needs with the booking centre:
DVSA Driving test booking centre: 0300 200 1122.

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