Driving

Driving can be an important part of a person’s life. For people who have had an amputation (lower or upper limb), returning to driving is not an impossible task. However, for safety reasons you may need special equipment or further assessment and training.

The process involved in keeping or renewing your license will depend on your medical status, the type of amputation you’ve had and your physical and cognitive abilities.

Assessment of a person's ability to drive and recommendations for special equipment (such as hand controls) is often provided through rehabilitation centres or hospitals. In Nova Scotia, there is a Driver Evaluation Program offered through the Occupational Therapy Department at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre.

Under most provincial laws and regulations, medical doctors have a responsibility to inform the Department of Motor Vehicles (Ministry of Transportation) of any changes in a person’s medical condition, which could affect their ability to drive.

Procedures and regulations vary from province to province. You should contact your provincial Ministry of Transportation to find out the exact legal requirements.

National Amputee Centre: License to Drive 
The Licence to Drive Booklet contains information on driving adaptations such as hand controls, steering devices, and gas pedals. It lists programs offered by car companies which provide assistance in the form of rebates for adaptations to vehicles. The booklet also contains provincial information and regulations concerning amputees.
National Amputee Centre: Assessment Information 
Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles - Mobility Plates and Permit