UK drivers have a responsibility to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if they develop a medical condition or disability that could impair their ability to operate a motor vehicle. Once you have informed DVLA about your medical condition, what can you expect from DVLA?
In the medical questionnaire you complete and return to DVLA about your medical condition or disability, make sure you provide specific details as to the nature of your condition. The medical questionnaire also asks that you give consent for a DVLA medical adviser to request specific information about you from your doctor.
If you do not provide enough information on your medical questionnaire, a DVLA medical adviser may contact your doctor for more information, arrange for you to receive a medical examination or ask you to undergo a driving assessment, eyesight or driving test. Based on the findings from these examinations and tests, the DVLA adviser will be in a better position to make decisions, such as whether you are still fit and competent enough to drive, or if it would be advisable to surrender your driving licence until your condition improves.
What Will DVLA Decide About My Competence to Drive?
Once a DVLA medical adviser has gathered enough evidence about your medical condition or disability, he or she will be able to make a decision about your driving licence and your ability to drive. According to Directgov, the DVLA medical adviser will use the medical standards of fitness to drive to help them reach a decision. DVLA will not automatically revoke your driving licence.
They will inform you whether you can retain your driving licence or if you need a new once, or if you may be issued with a limited driving licence for one, two or three years, if the medical adviser decides to review your medical condition again at a later point. A DVLA medical adviser will also decide if you need a new licence indicating you need special controls or adaptations to enable you to continue to drive. Or if your medical condition is severe, DVLA will let you know that you will need to stop driving until you can prove to them that your medical condition has improved.
Drivers must inform DVLA if they develop a medical condition or disability that impairs their driving ability. Fill in the medical questionnaire, submit to any necessary examinations or assessments and then wait to see what the DVLA medical adviser decides. Whatever DVLA decides, you will be provided with a medical reason for the decision, in addition to a notice of appeal to a Magistrates’ Court for those in England or Wales or to a Sheriff Court for Scotland residents.
Directgov, What happens after you have told DVLA about your medical condition.