There are a number of facilities to help. You still take the same driving test as everyone else, no matter how serious your disability is. Booking your practical driving test: When you book your test you’ll be asked if you’ll be bringing an interpreter with you.
You’ll also be asked if you have:
- any condition which affects your movement
- any missing limbs
- any special learning needs
- any other special needs
- deaf - either profoundly or not
- heavily pregnant
Getting more time to take your test: More time might be allowed for your test if you have certain special needs. It will give the examiner time to talk to you about your disability and any adaptations fitted to your vehicle.
If English isn’t your first language: You can bring your own interpreter for your practical driving test. They must be at least 16 years old. Your approved driving instructor can be your interpreter.
You’ll need to arrange your own interpreter and pay any fees that they charge.
If you have hearing difficulties: The examiner will tell you what will happen by using written notes at the start of the test if you are deaf or have hearing difficulties. They will also look at you to help you lip read what they are saying if you find that helpful.
The examiner will usually give directions to you as hand signals. These will be explained and shown to you using written cards before your test starts.
They must be at least 16 years old. Your approved driving instructor can be your interpreter.
You will need to arrange your own interpreter and pay any fees that they charge.
If you are pregnant: You can take a driving test at any stage of your pregnancy. However, you must be able and willing to do an emergency stop.
Taking the eyesight test if you have reading difficulties: At the start of the practical driving test, you will have an eyesight test. The examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle.
You can write down what you see on the number plate if you have learning difficulties or do not speak English.
The independent driving section of the test: Your examiner will know what kinds of reasonable adjustments to make for the independent driving part of your test if you said you have special needs when you booked your test.
They might ask if you would prefer to follow traffic signs.
You might be able to choose to follow a set of directions, supported by a diagram. In this case there will normally be a maximum of 3 directions, although in some cases this can be just 2.