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You should let the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) know when you book your practical test if you have any hearing problems, language difficulties, movement restrictions or adaptations fitted to your vehicle.

Solent School of Driving & the DSA is committed to equal opportunities for all and provides a number of facilities for candidates with special needs or physical disabilities.


When booking your practical test, please let DSA know if you:

are deaf or have severe hearing difficulties

are in any way restricted in your movements ( no matter how slight )

have any physical disability ( no matter how small )

No matter how serious your disability might be, you will still take the same driving test as every other test candidate. However, more time is allowed for the test. This is to allow the examiner to talk to you about your disability and any adaptations fitted to your vehicle.

Using an interpreter

You may bring your own interpreter for your practical test as long as they are:

not a driving instructor

over 16 years of age

You will be responsible for arranging your interpreter and for any necessary fees.

If you take your practical test from 6 April 2010 your approved driving instructor can be your interpreter.

Kevin O'Neil Crowley D.S.A. A.D.I (Car)
Registered Office: 10 Marine Gardens, Selsey, CHICHESTER, West Sussex, PO20 0LJ
Telephone: 01243 603112, Mobile: 07913 551489