Driving with a Medical Condition

When you apply for your provisional drivers license it is important to declare any medical conditions that you have to the DVLA. The medical team at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will assess your condition and will be able to decide firstly if you are able to drive, and secondly the steps that are necessary in order for you to drive safely and efficiently.

For example, it maybe required for those with certain conditions to get in touch with the DVLA after a period of time regularly to let them know of any changes in health or different medicines being taken and so on. This can be in the case of Epilepsy sufferers or those with heart conditions for example, having a medical condition need not mean that you are unfit to drive at all!

The medical advisers at the DVLA will also consult with your doctors when deciding on whether you are fit enough to drive or not. They will look at al aspects of any medical condition or disability you may have and will do everything they can to help get you driving.

However you will need to satisfy some requirements in order to drive but rest assured these standards are thorough and well thought out- and its not a test or examination. The people who put these in place are fully qualified medical staff along with a team of administrators.

How it works: When you contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and tell them of your medical condition or disorder/disability, it will then be passed through the administrative team who will in turn get in touch with the relevant medical professionals. With their background knowledge, experience of medicine and of your condition they will take into consideration your needs and how practical it will be for you to drive.

As medicine is a constantly developing field and the technical advances that are made happen on a constant basis, it is essential for these panel of medical specialists to attend regular meetings. These help when it comes to keeping up to date with certain conditions, changes to the effectiveness of medication, basically general developments in what can or cannot be done when it comes to you driving.

Now it maybe the case that you have a medical condition but wish to drive a larger vehicle? A different set of standards will be used to determine if you can do this. Essentially it will take the vehicle’s weight and driving times into consideration. This is especially important if you are planning on becoming a HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) driver.

Want to find out more? You can ask any of our advisers at Want Driving Lessons, if you have started learning with us then your driving instructor will be more than happy to help explain these rules to you. There is also a DVLA Fitness to Drive leaflet available to everyone. This will give you a brief but detailed guide when it comes to driving with medical conditions. You can find out more on the laws that govern the issuing of driving licences through the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999.

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