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Medical Rules for Drivers

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 22 Apr 2016 | comments*Discuss
Medical Rules For Drivers

As a car driver, you are required to meet certain medical standards in order to legally drive a car in the UK. As well as the initial eyesight test that forms part of the driving test, you are also obliged to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Association (DVLA) of any medical conditions that may impact on your ability to drive safely. Here are some of the conditions that have medical rules attached to them.


If you are epileptic, it's possible that you might suffer a fit whilst at the wheel. If this happens to you, you will need to give up driving for one year, at which point you will have a medical review to determine whether you are fit to start driving again. As long as you don't have any more seizures, you can keep renewing your license until the age of seventy. The DVLA epilepsy regulations state that epileptic drivers be granted a three-year license, as long as they meet the regulations and have been seizure free for at least seven years. The DVLA needs to be informed of this medical condition.


There is a relatively high chance that narcolepsy sufferers will fall asleep whilst driving. If you are diagnosed with the condition, you should stop driving straight away. If you symptoms are considered to be manageable, you will be allowed to continue driving with a license of between one and three years (pending regular medical reviews). The DVLA needs to be informed of this medical condition.

Chronic Neurological Conditions

This category includes Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease (and other muscle and movement conditions that are likely to have an effect on judgement and co-ordination). You can still be granted a license, as long as a medical review confirms that your symptoms won't impact on your driving ability. If you need specific controls to be restricted, this needs to be listed on your license.


Angina sufferers are allowed to drive, but you should refrain from doing so when your symptoms present themselves. The DVLA don't need to be notified of this medical condition.

Diabetes Mellitus

Sufferers need to be able to spot the warning signs before hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) becomes problematic. As long as you meet the required visual standards that all drivers are expected to pass (for example, the number plate test), you are allowed to have a license lasting from one to three years. The DVLA needs to be informed of this medical condition.


As long as you can meet the necessary visual standards for safe driving, you shouldn't have a problem. However, if you only have vision is one eye (monocular vision), you need to inform the DVLA of this. If they deem that you have sufficiently adapted to this, they may still allow you to drive, as long as the vision in your other eye is good enough to meet the eyesight standards for driving.

These medical rules apply predominantly for car drivers and motorcyclists. If you drive a heavy goods vehicle (or similar), the medical rules will often by different, particularly for conditions such as narcolepsy. If you're not sure of the medical rules for your vehicle category and medical condition, you can download the booklet on medical rules from the DVLA website.

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Good Day I wonder if anyone( I guess they have) is going or gone through getting a UK drivers licence back after a drink drive ban. I got banned for 18 months this was reduced after doing a drink drive awareness course, on completion of the course I was told that I was a 'high risk offender', fair enough and that I have to take a DVLA medical again fair enough if the court had informed me of this extra penalty!, I would hasten to add I am not an alcoholic, I have tried many avenues for guidelines on the run up to the medical, but can find or be given any advise from a GP or the DVLA, surely if the DVLA impose the medical shouldn't they legally and morally offer some guidance, I do feel my right are effected in so much as it is open ended also I believe if for some reason the medical is failed a further six months ban is imposed on medical grounds, this would take me well past my due date. My points are: 1: fined for the offence - fair 2: victim surcharge - fair but no victim 3: large legal fee - fair 4: 3 day course - fair 5: not being told by the court of the medical - un fair 6: not being given any guidelines -un fair All in all the cost to me has been over £3000.00 which fair enough this was imposed by the court would be acceptable, but how many times must a person pay for one offence? and having to take a test which they knew nothing about, it's an extension to a ban which has got effect a persons human rights?, it's like being sentenced for an offence and imprisoned but then just before you come out you have to satisfy a government body that you are not going to re offend? same as the driving scenario, if that where the case it would be doubtful that some would walk free, but for the drink driver this is the case, I feel I have paid my debt and taking the punishment only for it to continue, I would be extremely interested in any thoughts that come forward, I would hasten to add I in no way condone what I did and am totally ashamed but fair justice is fair justice and this just isn't. Thanks for reading Rant
Rant - 22-Apr-16 @ 12:33 PM
hi .at the end of the day I am so tried from driving my truck for 9 hours so when get home at the of the day I like to have a shower and just rest before I go to bed my wife shout at me for been lazy when I am home. so I need someone to write a profile how stressing it is on the road.
jonze - 12-Sep-15 @ 6:50 AM
I am trying to look up all the symptoms which stops people from driving.I know epilepsy is one of the top ones.But I have been wanting to see if autism has an affect or if that is ok to allow people to drive.
lulu - 30-Jul-12 @ 9:11 AM
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