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Driving with a Physical Disability

Research and manufacturing in car design, the availability of assistive technology, and advancements in medicine, all contribute to making driving a possibility for most  people with physical disabilities.

Physical disabilities such as limb amputation, paralysis, hemiplegia, paraplegia, monaplegia, quadraplegia and movement disorders can be accommodated.

Beginning to Drive with a Physical Disability

Before beginning to drive, you should contact your G P and comply with the Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines.
View/Download RSA ‘Sláinte agus Tiomáint’ >>(PDF format).

Once you have successfully completed the driver theory test ( DTT ), you must then complete a D501 medical report form and submit it with your learner permit application to the national driver license service.
For a complete guide, visit RSA Learner-Drivers >>

Returning to Drive with a Disability

To continue or return to driving following a medical diagnosis, contact your GP and comply with the Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines.
View/Download RSA ‘Sláinte agus Tiomáint’ >>(PDF format).

Additionally, you may require a driver assessment. For more information, see Driving Assessment.

For anyone returning to drive following a disability, a driver rehabilitation course may  suit. This course offers the opportunity to learn a new technique using adaptative equipment or automatic transmission. The course can also benefit anyone who wishes to restore their confidence, especially following a road traffic collision. For more information see Driving Courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If I have a disability, do I need to inform my car insurance company ?
A. Yes. A driver is obliged to inform their car insurance company of any changes in their health that may affect their ability to drive safely.

Q. If I have a disability/illness, will I be charged extra for my car insurance?
A. No. A driver with a disability should not be charged extra, nor refused a quote solely based on their disability.

Q. I have a full driver’s licence. I recently had my car adapted and will be returning to drive. Do I have to retake my driving test ?
A. No. Provided you hold a full licence for the vehicle you are driving, if you have it adapted and return or continue to drive, you are not required to retake a driving test.

Q.  Am I allowed to drive a car if I have lost the sight in one eye.
A. Provided the sight in the remaining eye satisfies the medical guidelines and your GP is in agreement, yes. However, if your condition is recent, you must allow time for adjustment.

Q. Provided one has the appropriate adaptations and satisfies the medical standards of fitness to drive, is it possible to drive without use of,
Both legs ?   A. Yes
Both arms ? A. Yes
Paralysis one one side of the body (hemiplegia) ? A. Yes
With a neurological condition ? A. Yes


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