North West Driving Assessment Service – About our service

About our serviceOur service is part of the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

We are a Driving Mobility accredited service that works in partnership with the NHS, Department for Transport (DfT), Motability and the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Our main centre is located in Haydock, Merseyside, and we are also able to offer certain types of assessments at locations in Leyland, Lancashire and North Liverpool, Merseyside.

We carry out assessments and give advice on the following:

  • Children’s car seat and harnesses
  • Driving ability
  • Disabled driving assessments
  • Vehicle adaptations
  • Drive from wheelchair and bespoke driving solutions
  • Vehicle access/egress for drivers and passengers
  • Wheelchair/scooter stowage
  • Seating and posture
  • Mobility scooters
  • Advice on driving safer for longer

Driving assessments will usually take about two hours but may be slightly longer or shorter than this depending on your needs.


The driving assessment has 2 main parts:

Initial assessment

This will look at your medical history, physical and visual abilities. If you are unable to meet the visual standard, we will be unable to complete the assessment.

In-car assessment

This part of the assessment may focus on whether a medical condition affects your ability to drive safely or if adaptations are necessary to enable you to operate the controls successfully. Assessments are conducted in the centre’s vehicles.

There are occasions when having completed our assessment process, we recommend people should not drive for safety reasons; this could be a permanent or temporary situation. We will discuss our recommendations with you on the day of assessment after the drive.

Mobility Scooter Assessments

Mobility Scooter Assessment

Information for clients and carers

Information for
clients and carers

Children’s Car Seat and Harness Assessments

Children’s Car Seat
and Harness Assessments

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