If you are looking to get back on you bike after an accident, illness or change in your medical condition, we work with local motorbike schools to offer fitness to ride cognitive assessments.
The assessment will be conducted by a Driving Advisor and an Occupational Therapist. It will start with an initial consultation and any relevant cognitive exercises to determine your requirements.
You will be required by law to read a number plate at 20 metres. Any other visual impairment may require further investigation.
You would start the drive off public roads and carry out CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) style activities. If the team are satisfied with your progress, you will proceed onto public roads. A step-by-step approach is followed to manage any risks. When riding on the road you will be accompanied by an instructor, usually riding behind you and in radio contact. The assessment team will work with you aiming to overcome any difficulties you may encounter and will have your safety at heart.
The drive is designed to gauge your reaction to standard driving conditions. The route is designed to check that you are in full control of the vehicle, you are aware of what is going on around you and you are able to make safe decisions.
At the end of the assessment we will discuss and advise what you should do next and wherever possible we will make any necessary recommendations to improve your technique in order for you to return to or continue to drive safely.
You should allow approximately two hours for the assessment, although actual driving time will be around 45 minutes. This is to allow you to move through each stage of the assessment at your own pace.
Following the assessment a full comprehensive report will be written which you will receive 10-14 working days after the assessment, unless this is a DVLA referral in which case the report will only be sent to them.
The cost of a motorbike assessment is in addition to any referral fee that may apply. The cost varies depending on location.
If you are referred through an NHS Healthcare Professional or the DVLA then the referral is free of charge. If you wish to refer yourself then this carries a fee of £99, plus any additional costs for equipment and instructor hire. This cost varies depending on location.