The entire assessment takes between 2-3 hours. The OT and driving instructor will let you know after the test how you’ve performed. The OT will decide what recommendations they will be making, which generally will be one of the following:
1. The brain injury is not affecting your driving ability and the OT will recommend that your licence is upheld (with any existing endorsements).
2. There are some areas of your driving that you will need to improve (e.g. if you made several driving errors during the assessment), and they may recommend a few lessons with a driving instructor to correct these issues. The OT may recommend an OT driving re-assessment after the completion of the recommended lessons.
3. The brain injury might have affected your physical capacity to control a vehicle and you require vehicle modifications to drive safely. In this case, you will have an endorsement on your licence that you can only drive with the specified modification. The OT will recommend a number of lessons with the driving instructor so you can become proficient in driving with the modification. Once you are assessed to be competent driving with the modification, you will need to attend the RMS disability test.
4. The brain injury is affecting your capacity to drive safely, and the OT does not think that further lessons, vehicle modifications or other strategies will benefit you. This is generally for situations where the brain injury has grossly affected someone’s cognitive capacity, where factors such as their decision-making, memory, spatial awareness and/or coordination may be impaired. In this instance, the OT will need to make the recommendation to cancel your licence.
What happens after the assessment and I know the outcome?
After the OT has discussed the result of the assessment with you, he/she will complete the report that is sent to the RMS, your doctor and any other relevant party (e.g. employer, other health professional). The RMS will then proceed with the recommendations on the report.