Drivers with a disability learning to drive are tested to the same standard as mainstream drivers, but the test is conducted by a testing supervisor familiar with the techniques of disabled driving and adaptations appropriate to the driver abilities. On completing the test successfully in an adapted vehicle, a client’s driving licence is granted for driving with the car adaptation used during the test or an equivalent adaptation. It is important when applying for the test to clearly indicate that the applicant is a driver with a disability requiring adaptations to the vehicle, as the form allows. Failure to do so may result in a test being scheduled for someone other than a test supervisor and the test will be unable to proceed. Because there are a limited number of test supervisor nationally there may be a delay in obtaining a date for the test.
Full Licence Holders
For anyone returning / continuing to drive having acquired a disability/illness one must complete a medical report form (D. 501) on renewing their licence. They may voluntarily choose to have their licence renewed with the medical report prior to their current licence expiring, if the coding of the licence will change.
Where they require adaptations to enable them to return / continue driving they should contact their licensing authority to ascertain whether the licence requires coding so that the licence corresponds with the adaptations.
Before return to driving following illness or accident affecting ability, approval from a medical practitioner should be sought. The terms of the driver’s insurance policy may require this.
The Insurance Federation Of Ireland And Insurance Information insists that disabled drivers are not charged extra based on their disability. Under the Equality Act, insurers should quote insurance based on statistically proven risk factors and the drivers individual record. If you have difficulty obtaining vehicle insurance you should contact the Insurance Federation Of Ireland And Insurance Information, Insurance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Tel: 01 676 1820 or visit www.iif.ie.
The advice is to shop around for the best quotes. If you are returning/continuing driving having acquired a disability/illness you must inform your insurance company of the changes in your health.