Helping those with a physical disability become independently mobile

About Us

DriveAbility Jersey is dedicated to helping the Disabled, older individuals, and those affected by medical conditions. We help you stay mobile and safe on the roads, and maintain an independent lifestyle.

We have an expert team of Driving Advisors and Instructors who are able to undertake comprehensive assessments of ability to drive a vehicle safely and provide specialist tuition.

DriveAbility Jersey is an independent charity working in collaboration with Health and Community Services, Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), GP’s, Parish Licencing authorities, and the Police.

Meet the Team
Consultant Driving Advisor
Kerrie Mauger-Dorrington
Paramedic
Post Graduate Certificate in Driving Assessment and Outdoor Mobility
Emergency Response Driving Instructor
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for 16 years (all licence categories)
Driving Assessor and Advisor for 14 years
Lead Assessor/Driving Advisor
Fiona Herivel
Background in Childcare and Education
Member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for 5 years (with an interest in Special Educational Needs)
Professional Certificate in Driving Assessment and Outdoor Mobility due for completion May 2021
Lead Instructor
Jacques Callec
Background in plant machinery operation
Plant Equipment Health and Safety Instructor/Examiner (ITSSAR)
(Independent Training Standard Scheme and Register)
Approved Driving Instructor for 4 years (all licence categories)
Approved Motorcycle and CBT Instructor for 7 years

Our whole team are dedicated to providing this valuable service to our island, and they do so outside their full-time employment.

Assessment vehicles

We have a small fleet of assessment vehicles, including standard manual and automatic transmission vehicles. All are fitted with dual controls for safety purposes (both ours and yours!)

We also have a specifically adapted vehicle designed to meet most individual needs, which has been generously donated by the Greville Bathe fund.

Our Services
How can we help you?

We can offer our clients:

  • An assessment of your ability to drive safely and comfortably
  • Advice on vehicle adaptations and assistive technology
  • Tuition for
    • New drivers who may have physical or unique learning needs
    • Those who are returning to driving following accident, illness or injury
    • Those who require vehicle adaptations.
  • Advice and assessment for motorcycle and Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers
Who can we help?

We provide assessments, tuition, advice and support to anyone who has restricted mobility, a physical disability or unique learning needs.

Commonly our service users:

  • Are new drivers, with an existing physical impairment of specific learning needs.
  • Have a medical condition that may impact their ability to drive safely e.g. MS, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia etc.
  • Have disabilities that require adaptations to the vehicle.
  • Have neurological diseases or disorders, such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Express concerns about their standard of driving due to age.
  • Have a wish to begin or return to their driving following an illness (such as a stroke), injury or accident.
How can I access these services?

A new driver with any physical disability or specific learning needs can contact us directly either via telephone or email for advice and to arrange an initial assessment.

Existing licence holders who have had a change in medical health, whether cognitive or physical, and require support and assistance with their continuation or return to driving can contact DriveAbility Jersey directly for a self-referral, or speak with their GP, parish hall, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or consultant for advice about your needs and how to book.

How much does this service cost?

Costs of services vary depending on the client’s individual needs. For more information please contact us.

Assessment locations

For the majority of our assessments, we will come to your home and drive you to a quiet, safe location to allow you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our vehicle and/or adaptations.

We can arrange alternative pick up locations if requested.

The Assessment Process

We need to consider all aspects of driving, including;

  • medical fitness
  • vision
  • awareness
  • reactions
  • decision making
  • physical ability needed to operate the vehicle and its controls

We may, therefore, need to request information from your GP or consultant and/or assessments from an independent specialist in any of these areas. You will be sent a consent form to sign if required.

If deemed medically fit, you will then have the opportunity to take an on-road assessment with our lead assessor, providing you have a valid driving licence (provisional or full).

Pre-Drive Consultation

Once initial contact has been made, one of our assessment team will call you to gather information relating to driving prior to your appointment for the on-road assessment or driving lesson. We will ask about your driving and licence history, medical history along with the circumstances leading up to your referral. If appropriate, physical movements for driving purposes will be considered and adaptation options discussed.

Vision Check

You will be required to read a number plate at the minimum legal distance. Please consider visiting an optician before your assessment for confirmation that your vision meets the standard for driving, for both visual acuity and visual fields (peripheral vision)

If you are unable to read a number plate from the prescribed distance on the day of the assessment, you will be unable to continue with the assessment and may be charged.

Cognitive testing

For some assessments, it is necessary for clients to undertake office based cognitive, psychometric testing prior to the on-road assessment. This is important when there are concerns about a drivers cognition (thinking skills) or if there is a particular diagnosis that may have an impact on these abilities. These tests are designed with driving in mind and are relevant to that task. The tests will be conducted by an independent General Practitioner (GP) at their surgery.

In-Car/On-road Assessment

For safety and insurance purposes, all assessments are conducted in one of our dual controlled vehicles. Every effort is made to make you feel comfortable and at ease driving one of our vehicles and, because we understand that the car will be unfamiliar to you, there is always time allocated at the beginning of the drive for you familiarise yourself with the vehicle.

The drive will progress onto a pre-planned route and will last approximately 40-50 minutes. The route is designed to include normal day-to-day challenges of driving such as junctions, traffic lights, roundabouts, urban and rural situations along with some very basic reversing manoeuvres. The assessment may also include an emergency stop exercise.

We understand that many of our clients may stick to preferred routes or only drive to certain places. Your Driving Advisor will discuss these with you prior to starting the drive. Throughout the assessment, your Driving Advisor will give clear directional instructions.

There is NOT a theory element to the assessment, however, you are expected to adhere to the speed limits and react to all road traffic signs, markings and hazards appropriately.

The aim of the drive is to support the driver in continuing to drive or return to driving if safe to do so. Many experienced drivers will have developed habits over the years, both good and bad. Providing these habits or driving styles are safe, then they will have no affect on the outcome of the assessment.

Feedback

Once the on-road assessment is complete, any advice or recommendations will be given verbally.

Please note that not everyone who attends an on-road assessment will be successful.

DriveAbility helped Melissa learn to drive a specially adapted car.

Privacy Policy

Who we are

DriveAbility Jersey is a registered charity in Jersey, charity number: 267

DriveAbility Jersey is also registered with the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner, registration number: 65082

This privacy policy explains what personal data (information) we hold about our clients, how we collect it, how we use and may share information about you. We are required to notify you of this information under data protection legislation. For the purposes of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 our data lead is Pam Evans.

Please ensure that you read this policy and any other similar notice we may provide to you when we collect or process personal information about you.

Information collection and processing

We receive personal information when:

  • You contact us directly for information or when applying for an assessment or tuition
  • You are referred to our services by another professional service such as GP, licencing authority, hospital consultant
What data we may process

We process your data:

  • For compliance with legal obligations
  • To enter into client relationships and provide the services you have requested

The type of information we collect includes:

  • Your name, contact details (i.e. address, contact numbers, email address) and emergency contact details (i.e. name, relationship to you and contact numbers)
  • Details of your driving licence
  • Special category data such as information relating to your racial or ethnic origin, sex and sexual orientation, religious or similar beliefs, criminal records information, information relating to your physical/mental health
How we use your information

We use the information held about you in the following ways:

  • To contact you regarding use of our services
  • To inform you of the outcome of your driving assessment
  • To keep track of your progress throughout a course of lessons
  • To inform, where appropriate, other organisations such as the relevant licencing authority, your GP, the Police, of the outcome of your driving assessment

We will never sell your information or pass it on to a third party for marketing purposes or for any other purpose unconnected with the services we provide.

Sometimes it is necessary to share your information with other parties relevant to the service such as:

  • Licencing Authorities
  • Government organisations (i.e. Driver and Vehicle Standards)
  • Health care professionals
  • Social and Welfare organisations
  • Family representative of the person whose data is being processed
  • Examining bodies (i.e. Driver and Vehicle Standards)

We may also disclose your personal data to third parties

  • If we are under any legal obligation to do so
  • To enforce or apply terms and conditions, or to protect the rights, property and safety of DriveAbility Jersey, their clients and team members
Where do we store your data?

All information is stored in secure filing systems or on secure servers.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Our website may, from time to time, contain links to and from other websites including the websites of our clients or partners who have provided feedback or testimonials or networking or social media websites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and terms of use and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies and terms of use. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Your rights

Under Data Protection legislation, you have various rights in connection with any personal data.

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at: driveabilityjersey@gmail.com

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us in writing as soon as possible using the address below. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

If you would like us to remove any records or personal information we hold on file, please contact us in writing and we will remove the requested record and information unless we specifically need to retain it to comply with a legal obligation.

Data Protection contact

Pam Evans

Tel: 07797 742 930
Email: pamikeevans@hotmail.com

Contact Us

Questions? Give us a call or send us an email.

Telephone 07797 830 030

Email – driveabilityjersey@gmail.com

If there is no immediate response via telephone, we may be out on an assessment or lesson. Your call will have been registered and one of our team will call you back as soon as they are able.

Please note all assessments and consultations are by appointment only so we can ensure the best person is available to help you and the right cars and equipment are available.

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

The Greville Bathe Fund

Association of Jersey Charities

Bagot Road Garage

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