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Transport

Road Safety

Staying safe on the roads


There’s no getting away from it. As we get older the advancing years can bring some degree of deterioration in certain faculties and our ability of perform everyday tasks that we have previously taken for granted.

Keeping active and being able to get around is just as important as it ever was in our lives and getting older shouldn’t stop that, however recognising that that things change and taking some simple steps can keep you safer and more confident on the roads.

 

Stay legal

If you have a disability or medical condition that could affect your ability to drive safely, the law says at that point you must inform the Driver and Vehicle Liscensing Authority (DVLA).

Some examples of conditions that you need to notify them about are:

  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Heart conditions

You can find a full list of health conditions on the DVLA website. (Opens in a new window)

 

Motability Scheme

If you receive -

  • the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP
    or
  • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement


it is possible to use it to buy or lease a car that has been specially adapted for your use through the Motability Scheme.

If you do not qualify for this scheme you can make your own arrangements to have a car adapted by contacting a local car dealer who does Motability work.

Find out more about the Motability Scheme here (Opens in a new window)

 

Advice for disabled and older drivers

 

Regional Drivers Assessment Centre (RDAC)

Disabled drivers can get practical advice about driving, an assessment of their capabilities, and advice about car adaptations and/or choice of car from Driving Mobility.

They offer professional, high quality information, advice and assessment to individuals who are recovering from an accident or injury or who have a medical condition which may affect their ability to drive or access a motor vehicle.

More information on Driving Mobility (Opens in a new window)

Your nearest driving centres is

Regional Driving Assessment Centre

Highlands Health Centre

Lothian Way

Bransholme

HU7 5DD

Telephone: 0300 3002 240

Email: info@rdac.co.uk (Opens in a new window)

 

Advice for non drivers

The RDAC are offering free advice and support to explore what travel options are available to you in your local area and beyond.

They can offer:

  • Advice on driving
  • Advice on accessing public transport
  • Information on accessible transport
  • Help to improve your confidence to travel

To discuss your personal transport local transport options, contact the RDAC via –

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