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DVLA open consultation on licensing for drivers with medical conditions

The DVLA has launched a call for evidence on driver licensing for people with medical conditions, as it looks to ‘strike the right balance between the road safety risks and the needs of a driver to maintain mobility’.

The DVLA assesses the fitness to drive of individuals with medical conditions and makes licensing decisions to make sure that driving licences are only issued to those who meet the required medical standards.

However, with the onus on drivers to inform the DVLA of any medical condition which may affect their ability to drive safely, there have been long-standing concerns about this system.

For example, in some other countries, there is a legal obligation on doctors to inform the driver licensing authority if someone has a medical condition that might make them unfit to drive.

The DVLA says it is important that licensing decisions are made based on the correct information.

The new consultation, which is open until 22 October, asks for external views on where policy or legislative changes may be able to improve outcomes for drivers and other road users.

It is described as an early-stage request for input to help formulate proposals that could support potential future changes to the legislative framework.

Richard Holden, minister for roads and local transport, said: “A range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments can affect an individual’s ability to safely control a vehicle.

“As the volume and complexity of driving licence applications or renewals where the applicant has one or more medical condition increases, the government believes that the time is right to review the existing legal framework.

“However, we recognise that there are many people and organisations with a wide range of expertise that might have views or ideas that they wish to share and that is why we are launching this call for evidence.”


  1. what happens to London’s clean air when the wind blows? if the girl that died due to polluted air, why was she not moved to somewhere else? if the so called doctor who blamed air pollution did not put the girl in an oxygen tent then surely that idiot is liable for a negligence charge! London has not had a pea souper fog in centuries isn’t it therefore cleaner? the doctor who blamed bad air for deaths had a bag put over their heads, how would they explain thàt London’s air would actually be keeping them alive? this ULEZ thing is just a money grabbing exercise hitting poorer people who live outside the M25 as battery tech and charging points are not sufficient yet and when those batteries catch fire what pollution. is that going to create? then we have gas hobs and gas central heating that pollutes the air more than cars do? some heaters cannot be used indoors because of toxic gases.and cars engines with cats fitted are even less polluting.the car I drive is euro 5 which is a low polluter and is tax exempt so how come the government reckons it’s clean while Mr khan says it is dirty? two in three cars do not qualify for scrappage anyway so that’s a load of bull too!

  2. The expectation that license holders will be aware of this requirement and be realistic/responsible enough to actually do it is not correct, at least not to the standard consistent with public safety and the limits of enforcement.
    Government would not be launching this expensive consultation if they don’t have data that shows it’s not working now.