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Many people wonder if it’s possible, driving with a prosthetic leg after undergoing an amputation. Limb loss (amputation) affects the ability to control a vehicle. Depending on upper or lower limb amputation, it can affect usage of the steering wheel, controls or pedals, or even your stability in the vehicle. You must be assessed for the level of impact, which will determine the conditions on your license, any vehicle modifications, or additional training with a rehabilitation driving instructor to enable you to drive. Below is some general information to get you started on the journey to get back on the road.
It is a legal requirement that you notify the transport authority in your state or territory of any change in medical condition or surgery that affects your driving, including an amputation where you find yourself driving with a prosthetic leg.
The driver licensing authority in each state and territory has slight variations in its policies and standards. The standards apply to private, commercial, light, and heavy vehicles and motorbikes and you may need to complete multiple driving tests.
To be able to drive a vehicle you must complete a variation of the following steps based on your state/territory, see these below.
(AFTD Guidelines have basic standards for each states process).
Depending on the user’s ability, you can drive a car with the original pedals if you have had a lower limb amputation.
Features of your prosthesis are also important:
You may have a license condition that states you must wear your assistive device, only drive a specific vehicle or you can only drive an automatic vehicle.
Please contact your local state or territory for further information, alternatively, you can contact your state’s amputee association for guidance.
With the joint effort of:
Darrel Sparke, President of Amputees NSW.
APC would like to thank Darrel Sparke, for collaboration in writing this resource article.
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