Do you have a physical disability which makes it difficult to drive?

Would you like to become independently mobile?

Would you like to know about adaptations which might make it possible for you to learn to drive or return to driving?

Would you like to have a go at driving a specifically adapted car?

Driving for the Disabled can offer a great deal of advice that helps you get back on the road to independence. We can advise whether full driving licence holders would benefit from a course of driving instruction prior to being assessed, and when and how a provisional driving licence holder should prepare for a full driving test.

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About Us

Driving for the Disabled is an independent charity, registered with the Association of Jersey Charities. It was founded by Pam Evans, now our President, after suffering a stroke leaving her paralysed down one side. Pam had to go to a Mobility Centre in England in order to return to driving. This experience made her realise that this opportunity should be available to all physically disabled people in Jersey.

With support from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands, we have managed to raise sufficient funds for an appropriately adapted car which should meet the needs of many disabled people.

We have the services of a GP who is trained in fitness to drive assessments, a trained Lead Driving Assessor, who is also a Paramedic, along with two other Driving Assessors, who are able to give driving lessons and assess people for their suitability to return to driving, or learn to drive.

Member, Association of Jersey Charities, no. 301

Associate Member of The Forum For Mobility Centres, UK

The Process

What happens during the assessment?

Driving for the Disabled can offer a great deal of advice that helps you get back on the road to independence. We can advise whether full driving licence holders would benefit from a course of driving instruction prior to being assessed, and when and how a provisional driving licence holder should prepare for a full driving test. We can offer advice with regard to your ability to drive safely, on adaptations to overcome physical problems with vehicle control, which car would be suitable for you, where to buy your car, and where to go for adaptations. Careful assessment is necessary to ensure that it is safe for you to return to driving. Every effort will be made to assist you with your disability.

Assessments will be conducted by one of our Approved Driving Instructors. You will need to complete an application form and make an appointment. The instructor will bring the car to wherever it is convenient for you. The car is fitted with power steering, automatic transmission and dual controls. Other adaptations are available. Driving instruction will generally take between 1- 2 hours. Full driving assessments may take longer. We may need to ask for a medical report or an assessment by the Consultant Physician, Psychologist and/or Occupational Therapist. A physical assessment may be necessary to establish ability to control the car and adaptations. We will need a full report of a recent eye test. We will offer full support and guidance.

A fee will be payable for all instruction however we will cover the costs of assessments. A full written report will be provided, and you may need to send a copy to the Parish Hall. We aim to keep the costs as low as possible, but as a charity, we are dependent on fund-raising and grants to support us.

Disabled Hire Car

"Rachael's Car", a fully wheelchair accessible vehicle is for hire in Jersey. For a suggested donation of £10/day and a refundable deposit of just £200 it is available to the Disabled in Jersey. Please book well in advance by contacting Ray Pallot on +44 (0)7797 811928.

Apply

Download An Application

We keep them on file for up to seven years. Read the application form for your privacy choices before you sign.

Other demographic information from the application form is kept by charity staff to help us better understand how to reach the Disabled community here in Jersey.

Click on the download button below to save and print a copy of the application form. Once you have completed it, please post it to us at the address provided on the form. Good luck!

Data Protection and Privacy

Demographic information from our application form is used by charity staff to help us better understand how to reach the Disabled community here in Jersey. You have the right to opt-out of sharing your demographic information.

Applications

Contact Us

Got any questions? Give us a call or send an email.

Kerrie
Kerrie Mauger-Dorrington
Lead Driving Assessor and Instructor
kerriedorrington@hotmail.com
01534 865 866
07797 712 980
Brian
Brian Beadle
Driving Assessor and Instructor
beadleb@jerseymail.co.uk
01534 862 748
07797 731 091

Driving For The Disabled would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their kind support.

Patron Nigel Mansell, CBE

Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands

Association of Jersey Charities

Bagot Road Garage

"With the care & concern of those who have kept me in touch with driving since my illness, so much of my life has now returned to some degree of normality. I now have the freedom to call on family and friends as I always used to, and long may it continue. Thank you so much for your help and concern" - Denis

"I can't imagine how difficult things would have been if I didn't drive. I have my independence back. When everything else is such a struggle, it is wonderful to jump in the car and escape, it is wonderful to have my freedom back. I can't thank the Driving For The Disabled team enough!" - Francoise

"My GP stopped me driving 16yrs ago, so my whole life has changed since they gave me the OK to drive again. My family and friends used to have to take me to places, but now i'm able to help them out. I would like to thank Kerrie for believing in me, she's a great teacher & puts you at ease." - Maggie

"I am so proud of my daughter. I never thought I would see the day when she could drive. I don't know how to say thank you" - Melissa's mum

"Having to go out without asking other people or waiting for friends & family to take me anywhere. It gives you freedom"