Project: Follow Up Survey of Drivers Post Injury or Illness

Reference: UG396

Last update: 17/10/2005 09:56:24

Objectives

The objectives of the research are to establish figures for the number of drivers with disabilities who:

1. Inform the DVLA of their condition;
2. Seek advice from Mobility Centres.

In addition, the project will compare how differing actions (reporting of condition and seeking of advice or not), taken by individual disabled drivers, affect their mobility.

Description

This project will produce a report which will detail:

1. The percentage of drivers who report details of their conditions to the DVLA having experienced injury or illness;

2. The percentage of drivers who seek advice from Mobility Centres having experienced injury or illness;

3. Comparisions of mobility experiences of drivers post injury or illness between those who have reported their condition compared to those who have not.

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £157,000.00

Actual start date: 26 August 2003

Actual completion date: 31 May 2005

Publication(s)

Returning to Driving Following a Head Injury or Amputation
Author: TRL
Publication date: 14/10/2005
Source: DfTWebsite
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access/car/mavis/research

Summary of results

  1. The research showed that the type of medical condition has a significant bearing on whether or not the condition is reported to DVLA, with the locomotor disability being reported much more frequently than the cogntive impairment. The main reason for non-reporting was due to lack of awareness of the need to do so. This showed that better information is needed, at an appropriate time following injury / illness. Training should be targeted at healthcare professionals who were the main source of information. Only a very small minority of people with a medical condition attend a mobility centre for assessment, and there appears to be little difference in mobility outcomes between those going through a formal assessment process and those returning to driving without formal advice. This raises issues for discussion regarding the role of mobility centres. However, it should be noted that the results need to be treated with caution due to the limited range of conditions surveyed, and due to the small participant sample.