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TOPIC: PIP assessment

PIP assessment 6 days 15 hours ago #213934

Hi. I had my PIP assessment on Tuesday, and it all seemed reasonable. Looking back now, I’m starting to panic. She asked me about driving, and if my car is automatic or manual, and how I managed. I said that I have an automatic adapted car, and she asked me what adaptations. I reeled off steering knob, lightened steering, hoist, electronic brake, electric back doors, electric boot, cruise control, auto hold etc. She laughed and asked me to slow down so she could write these down, and I thought, well at least she’s writing down what I’m saying! (Had a very bad experience with my husband where the assessor wrote down the opposite of everything he said!). Today, I was talking to my husband about it, and he said, won’t that go against you, as there are so many adaptations you don’t have any difficulty driving! I know driving per se is not a question, but there must be a reason they ask? Has any one else had the driving question, and somehow having a motability adapted car gone against you?

PIP assessment 6 days 9 hours ago #213944


As you say, driving is not part of the PIP tests but assessors will make some assumptions because of your driving, some are reasonable, others not so.

So claimants need a reasonable level of cognitive ability to drive and would likely be able to follow a route, they will also be expected to have good grip. Assessors do make assumptions about a claimants ability to walk, hence the manual/automatic questions, your response would argue against this.

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