It’s vital to tell the DVLA about any medical conditions that affect your driving ability, but you don’t need to inform them if you’re deaf. Can deaf people drive? Yes, they can legally and safely drive.
Hearing loss affects approximately 9 million people in the UK, and if they so wish they are able to learn to drive and pass their test if they would like to.
Despite what a lot of people think as well, there has been research carried out that shows those who are deaf do not cause more traffic accidents that those who can hear perfectly. Those who have a hearing disability employ the use of their other senses to ensure that they’re vigilant on the road for their own safety and the safety of others.
Informing the DVLA of deafness
Can deaf people drive? The DVLA allows it. Whilst you don’t need to tell the DVLA if you’re deaf with a car or motorcycle licence, you must tell the DVLA if you’re deaf if you would like to have a bus, coach or lorry licence. It’s vital that you inform the DVLA in this instance because you could face up to a £1,000 fine if you don’t and your hearing disability causes an accident as a result of this.
You can inform the DVLA of your deafness or hard of hearing by filling in an AUD1 form, which must be sent straight to the DVLA.
How deaf people drive
There are a number of different ways that deaf people can drive safely, number one, they don’t have the ability to listen to loud music whilst driving which can cause a huge distraction for some people whilst on the road. There are a number of special devices that can also be used in vehicles to ensure that they can drive safely.
There are devices that can alert deaf drivers when emergency vehicle sirens are nearby so that they can safely and promptly pull over when needed.
Clip-on mirrors can also be used to ensure that they have a panoramic view of around the vehicle, enhancing their visual perception or what’s around their own vehicle.
There are constantly new car technologies being developed too, with a focus on drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hyundai are making huge leaps in their technology to ensure that their cars have built in assistance to alert deaf drivers when emergency vehicles are approaching, such as visual cues or haptic like vibrations in the seat or steering wheel.
Can Deaf people drive?
Yes, they can and to prohibit them from driving would limit their opportunities in everyday life, such as access to employment and other necessary services. Therefore it’s a right that they should maintain.