Driver Assessment and Training Service Sydney
Driving is important to most of us and it’s a freedom we often take for granted. An injury, illness or disability can affect your ability to drive, potentially with a big impact on your independence.
Royal Rehab’s Driver Assessment and Training Service supports people with disabilities or illnesses to commence or return to driving.
Our service is run by our Driver Trained Occupational Therapists – who have completed recognised postgraduate studies in Driver Assessment and Training and are registered with the Roads and Maritime Services NSW – and rehabilitation driving instructors. Using dual control vehicles, our team will work with you to assess, advise and offer support through all the necessary steps toward independent driving.
To proceed with a driving assessment, you will require a Learners permit and clearance from your doctor.
- Graded rehabilitation programs tailored to suit all ages
- Defensive driving techniques and driver education
- Advice on vehicle modification and equipment installation
- Access to a modified vehicle and direct support to attend a Roads and Maritime Service Disability Test
- Access to trial a range of vehicle modifications such as left foot accelerator, hand controls, electronic brakes and accelerators, spinner knobs and satellite accelerators
- Licensing support
- Advocacy and support with insurance schemes or compensable third-party payers
- Operated five days per week with short wait times
- No geographical boundaries in NSW
Steps to your assessment
The assessment you undertake with our Driver Assessment and Training Service is different from the standard Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) driving test. The assessment is broken into four parts which include:
A doctor will complete the initial medical assessment based on RMS guidelines. If you’re considered medically fit to undergo the assessment, an appointment will be made.
Your driving history, visual and physical status, thinking skills, and capabilities will be assessed together with your knowledge of current road laws and rules.
The On-Road Assessment
An occupational therapist and driving instructor will assess you using our dual-control automatic vehicle. Your control of the vehicle and driving in varying conditions will be reviewed; taking into account your past driving experience, an unfamiliar car and the fact that it is an assessment situation.
Feedback and Discussion
Results and recommendations will be discussed at the end of the assessment, so you are clear on the outcome and our recommendations to the RMS.
Following these assessments, we’ll give you a comprehensive report with detailed information about your driving performance together with recommendations. These may include:
- The go-ahead for you to return to driving
- Modifications to your vehicle together with a series of lessons
- Driving lessons to upgrade your skills
- Referral to other health professionals e.g. orthoptist, psychologist
- Temporary suspension of your licence while you further recover
- Return to driving with restrictions
- Forfeiting of your driving licence and support and advice on alternative transport options.
For people who require vehicle modifications, Royal Rehab conducts the lessons and then assists clients to attend the required RMS disability test. The lessons and test are conducted in one of our vehicles and aims to ensure the client can use the modifications successfully.
If the client requires approval for funding to obtain vehicle modifications, we can also complete an assessment and prescription via a report to apply for such funding. For those clients self-purchasing their modifications, we refer our clients to a wide range of vehicle modifications suppliers, depending on their needs.