Motoring – Check Your Employees Driving Licences

Vehicle Category Descriptions 1

Appendix C – DVLA Medical Standards

You must tell the DVLA if you have ever had, or you currently suffer from, any of these conditions:

  • epilepsy
  • fit(s) or blackouts
  • severe and recurrent disabling giddiness
  • diabetes controlled by insulin
  • diabetes controlled by tablets
  • an implanted cardiac pacemaker
  • angina (heart pain) which is easily provoked by driving
  • persistent alcohol misuse or dependency
  • persistent drug misuse or dependency
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • narcolepsy or sleep apnoea syndrome
  • stroke with any symptoms lasting longer than one month, recurrent ‘mini-strokes’ or TIAs
  • any type of brain surgery, severe head injury involving in-patient treatment or brain tumour
  • any other chronic neurological condition
  • a serious problem with memory or episodes of confusion
  • severe learning disability
  • serious psychiatric illness or mental ill health
  • total loss of sight in one eye
  • any visual condition affecting BOTH eyes, or remaining eye if one eye only (excluding short/long sight or colour blindness)
  • any visual condition affecting your visual field
  • any persistent limb problem which requires your driving to be restricted to certain types of vehicle or those with adapted controls

You must tell the DVLA if you have any of these conditions. Otherwise you are committing an offence that can lead to prosecution and a fine up to £1,000.

A person who knowingly makes a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a driving licence is liable to a fine of up to £2,500. If in doubt, contact the Drivers Medical Unit, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU or telephone 0870 600 0301.

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