Occupational Therapy (OT) driver assessors have an additional qualification in driver assessment and rehabilitation and are registered with VicRoads. This allows them to help their clients to either obtain a drivers licence, or to ensure that current drivers maintain their ability to drive safely. An OT driver assessment may be required due to the potential impact of a medical condition or disability on driving skills or concern about driver behaviour. OT driver assessors provide a means to assess the ability of a physically or cognitively impaired person to drive safely.
The OT driver assessment process is in two parts:
- Off-Road Assessment (up to 2 hours, clinic based): This helps to determine preparedness for driving. It includes medical and driving history, physical, cognitive and visual assessments and a test of road law knowledge.
- On-road driving test (up to 1.5 hours, with up to 1 hour of actual driving): This is performed to evaluate actual driving skills. It is completed on a separate day, in a dual controlled car with both a driving instructor and your OT driver assessor.
A dual-control car is used to ensure safety for the driver and other road users.
After the OT driver assessment process is complete, the OT driver assessor makes a recommendation to VicRoads.
VicRoads make the decision regarding licensing.
With client consent, we will send the referrer a copy of our OT driver assessment report.
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