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Useful organisations - older drivers

Here we list organisations that can help with driving for older people. Nationwide contacts are at the top, further down there are local contacts for Hampshire.

National organisations

Government agency responsible for issuing driving licensing enquiries. Has information regarding driving with particular medical conditions.

Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

United Kingdom

Tel: 

0300 790 6801

Textphone: 

0300 123 1278

Fax: 

0300 123 0784

Driver and vehicle licensing in Northern Ireland

The UK’s leading road safety charity, dedicated to increasing skills for road users and raising driving standards. They offer driving assessments and training for confident driving.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)

United Kingdom

Tel: 

0300 303 1134

A network of independent, accredited Mobility Centres which can assess your driving and give you advice about how to make it safer, easier and more comfortable.

The RoSPA Road Safety Department produces advice and information on all areas of road safety and accident prevention.

Shopmobility is a scheme which lends manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility to shop and to visit leisure and commercial facilities in towns, cities or shopping centres.

Hampshire organisations

The Older Drivers Forum is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help the older driver to stay mobile for as long as possible. They recommend the following courses.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight older drivers forum
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight older drivers forum

United Kingdom

Hampshire County Council Driver Skills Scheme is an appraisal scheme for Hampshire residents. The appraisal takes place from your own home using your own car and is delivered by Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Approved Driving Instructors who have a good understanding of the needs of experienced drivers.
Go to the website and follow the links for Road Safety and Driver Training.

Wessex DriveAbility is an independent charity and an accredited Mobility Centre based in Southampton with outreach locations in Salisbury, Basingstoke and the Isle of Wight. They can provide a 40 minute assessment with a Driving Advisor and/or an Occupational Therapist. The assessment costs £79.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service run a course consisting of a two hour theory session for groups which covers a fun Highway Code Quiz using voting handsets, updates on driving licences, medical conditions, speed limits, driver distractions, and general driving hints and tips as you get older.
Attached to this course is also a free one hour optional driving assessment.

Last updated: April 2013

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