RMS disability driving test
If you have a physical condition or disability that affects your driving, you may require vehicle modifications. Examples of physical conditions include weakness in limbs (e.g. following a stroke), cerebral palsy, limb amputations or congenital deformities. The OT will prescribe suitable modifications for you, which you will trial during the on-road driving assessment. Prosthetic limbs are also considered vehicle modifications by the RMS.
If you are a learner driver, the modifications will be prescribed on your licence, and you will undertake lessons with a vehicle with your prescribed modifications installed. Once you are eligible to attempt your provisional licence test, you will have to undertake the RMS disability test.
If you already have a licence, the RMS process entails that your licence will be temporarily downgraded to a learner, while you have lessons and learn how to drive safely with your new modifications. As soon as you are confident that you are driving safely with the modifications, you can book in your disability driving test with the RMS.
After you successfully pass the RMS test, the modifications will be endorsed as a condition on your licence. This means that from that point forward, you must always drive with the modifications. You will then need to organise how to install your prescribed modifications into your vehicle.
How do I get vehicle modifications installed?
As soon as your prescribed vehicle modifications become endorsed on your licence, you can organise a vehicle modifier to install them into your vehicle. Modifications need to be installed by a licenced modifier to ensure that it meets legal specifications set by the RMS.
Your OT will recommend an appropriate vehicle modifier to you as part of the assessment process. Depending on the specific modifications needed, there may be a few different modifiers suitable for you. If you are an NDIS participant, or your situation is an insurance or worker’s compensation claim, the cost of the vehicle modifications may be covered.