Health conditions and driving
As a driver, you’re legally required to inform the DVLA if you develop certain medical conditions or disabilities, and to inform them again if your health subsequently deteriorates. This applies even if you have not reached the age of 70 when you become ill, or if you’re in between three yearly renewals when diagnosed.
The full list of conditions which require notification is available on the Government website.
These conditions include:
• Diabetes requiring insulin treatment
• Parkinson’s disease
• Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
• Medical conditions affecting both eyes, or resulting in total loss of sight in one eye
• Strokes of certain severity
• Cancers of certain severity
Informing the authorities that you have one of these conditions does not mean that you are automatically banned from driving. The DVLA may instead ask you to attend a medical examination so the severity of your condition can be assessed, may issue you with a short-term licence (perhaps for as short a time as one year) or may require you to modify your car in some way.
If you disclose a condition to the DVLA, you must also inform your insurance provider without delay.
If you have an accident in which an undisclosed medical condition may have played a part, then your insurance could be invalidated and you could even be prosecuted.