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Driving with a medical condition

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017

This paper explains the legal framework within which medical conditions for fitness to drive are assessed. It includes information on changes made to the requirements related to diabetes, epilepsy and vision in 2011 and 2013.

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Driver licensing rules in the UK ultimately derive from the EU. It is as yet unclear what the impact of Brexit might be on driver licensing and testing: it seems likely that the UK would adopt a system compatible with that across the EU in order to retain the benefits of mutual recognition.

Drivers are legally obliged to inform the DVLA of any changes to their health that they think might affect their legal ability to drive. Third parties, such as doctors and family members, can also make representations to the Agency if they feel someone’s health is posing a danger to their driving ability.

The DVLA can withdraw a licence if a driver does not meet the required medical standard to drive. One may appeal such a decision to the Magistrate’s Court.

Information on associated matters involving driver licensing and fitness to drive can be found on the Roads Topical Page of the Parliament website.

Commons Briefing papers SN00387

Author: Louise Butcher

Topic: Roads

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