Someone who is diagnosed with dementia may be able to continue driving for some time. However, they must fulfil certain legal requirements, including telling the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of their diagnosis.
As the person's dementia progresses, they will reach a point where they can no longer drive safely and must stop driving. Giving up driving is not always an easy decision to make, many people find this very difficult to accept.
- Driving with dementia or mild cognitive impairment: Consensus guidelines for cliniciansThese Guidelines are the result of a collaboration between a diverse range of clinicians with involvement of carers. They set out the responsibilities of clinicians to their patients, and provide a framework for thinking about the management of their driving safety.
- Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old ageThis briefing paper published by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network seeks to connect the body of knowledge around the significance of car ownership in achieving well-being for older people to those making decisions that may impact on car ownership among older people.
- Dementia DiariesDementia Diaries is a national project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries.
- Driving and dementiaThis Alzheimer's Society factsheet explains the legal situation around driving and dementia, and gives some tips on stopping driving.
- Dial 2 DriveDial 2 Drive is a community transport service with volunteer drivers using their own cars to take people who are unable to access public transport due to older age, illness or disability to their medical and social appointments. John Spare House, 17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1LS0300 email@example.com://www.imago.community
- Involve Kent Voluntary TransportVoluntary Action Maidstone provides transport for people over 60 in Maidstone and Malling who have difficulty getting to appointments, such as the doctors, dentists, hairdressers etc.30 Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone, ME14 5PP01622 235 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.involvekent.org.uk/
- Maidstone Information and Advice ServiceAge UK Maidstone run an information and advice service to support older people, their relatives and carers. 7 Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent. ME15 6XW01622 email@example.com://www.ageuk.org.uk/maidstone/information--advice/
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) maintain registers of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. It is important that practitioners encourage their patients with dementia to inform the DVLA of their diagnosis.DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU0300 790 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.gov.uk/dvla-medical-enquiries