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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16535: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the centralisation of the Scottish Driving Assessment Service to a single site in Edinburgh has had on the number of motability assessments.

Answered by: Shona Robison 22 May 2018

The Scottish Driving Assessment Service (SDAS), undertakes assessments for those who have been affected by a stroke or any other condition which results in them having to be reassessed as fit for driving.

The decision to concentrate the SDAS into a single national centre in Edinburgh was made by NHS Boards’ Directors of Planning in 2013; this delivery model was implemented in April 2015.

For the 5 year period between 1st April 2009 and 31st March 2014 (i.e. when the mobile service was still in operation), the average number of assessments carried out per year (including new/re-referred and review) was 725.

Data for 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 is not included as during this time the mobile service was being scaled down in preparation for the fully centralised service.

Between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2018 (i.e. following the transition to a fully centralised service), the average number of assessments per year was 882.

The number of assessments has therefore increased by 157 (i.e. 21.7%) per year (averaged over the respective five and three year periods) since the service was centralised.