Find a specialist driving instructor


Main centre

The Scottish Driving Assessment Service offers driving assessment and/or advice for people who wish to commence, resume or continue driving after illness or injury, and also advises on vehicle modifications to enable safe driving or passenger travel for those with a disability.

  • Physical Assessment – range of joint movement, muscle strength and sensation, co-ordination and vision are tested.  An assessment of reasoning, memory and concentration may also be included depending on the person’s medical condition
  •  Static Unit Assessment – conducted with the patient sitting in a test rig which allows us to identify the most appropriate methods for steering, braking and acceleration and is also used to measure reaction times
  •  In-Car Assessment – this is carried out in one of the centre’s vehicles.  Automatic and manual cars are available, and we also have examples of the most frequently used modifications.

Assessment is free under the NHS, although a referral from a doctor is required, giving brief medical details relevant to driving, before an appointment can be arranged. Referrals are accepted from all Scottish Health Boards.

Scottish Driving Assessment Service
SMART Centre, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh, EH9 2HL

0131 537 9192
0131 537 9193
  • Car driving assessment
  • Driver/passenger access/seating assessment
  • Wheelchair/scooter loading assessment (including WAV)