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Driving with Cerebral Palsy

adamb123adamb123 Posts: 7Member Listener
edited March 1 in Cerebral Palsy
Hello All 

I have recently passed an automatic driving test.

I was sent a B1 form to 'report' my condition to the DVLA. I sent a copy of my pass certificate as evidence alongside the form. I received my photocard license last week, does this mean that I am able to drive? I've had a look at the DVLA website, which says that if the decision takes more than 6 weeks then they will write to me. 

I'm confused, as to whether to wait to buy a car and insure it etc or wait to hear back  from the DVLA about whether I have approval to drive. 

Another question regarding mobility- I receive the standard element of PIP. Does anyone know if passing the driving test counts as a change in circumstance? As I was not driving when I went for the PIP interview.

Lastly, am I able to get discount off/free tax for having Cerebral Palsy? 

Many thanks in advance for your responses and support. 

Best wishes and kind regards


  • MarkmywordsMarkmywords Posts: 400Member Pioneering
    If you have received your licence you may use its privileges unless you hear otherwise. I'd recommend waiting before buying.
    Car tax reduction is 50% for you.
    It's not a change of circumstances.
  • Deb_ScopeDeb_Scope Posts: 192Administrator Scope community team
    edited March 4
    Hi @adamb123 

    Welcome to our community.

    You may find out page here https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/driving-and-motability useful in answering or guiding you to the right place regarding your driving test.

    I would have thought that waiting for confirmation from the DVLA that you are approved to drive would be wise, as buying a car and insurance is a big investment.

    As for the change in circumstances regarding your PIP @BenefitsTrainingCo may be able to assist in answering your question or someone on the community, they are a very knowledgeable group.

    Kind regards
    Online Community Manager
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 1,713Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @adamb123 
    Please wait until you have heard back from the DVLA before purchasing a vehicle. I have had friends that rushed into the purchase and were not given a positive response from DVLA.
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy
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