A new programme to support older drivers, people with health issues or those returning to driving following a health issue is now available through Somerset County Council’s road safety team.
The Road Assured scheme enables individuals to take a short assessed drive with an approved driving instructor. The instructor will offer objective, independent advice and provide a written report for the driver at the end of the assessment.
Individuals can book their own assessment, or they can be referred by their GP, health professional, or by a friend or family member.
If you are referred to the scheme by your GP, a copy of the report will also be sent to them to help both driver and doctor decide what steps, if any, should be taken.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This new programme has been designed with our health colleagues and will provide valuable support, advice and peace of mind for drivers and their loved ones.
“An independent assessment can help prove a driver still has all the necessary skills and ability to continue driving safely.
“This can help remove any potential conflict between a driver and their GP or family, and will hopefully be seen as a positive process by everyone involved.”
The Road Assured scheme is not designed to address the issue of notifiable medical conditions. The responsibility for this remains with the driver. A full list of notifiable medical conditions is available from your GP or on the DVLA website.
To find out more about the Road Assured scheme, please visit http://www.somersetroadsafety.org/page/road-assured/214/, telephone 01823 423430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.