Fitness to drive

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UK specific

QuotationMarkLeft.png Your driving licence entitlement will expire when you reach the age of 70 and if you want to continue to drive, the entitlement will need to be renewed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Your renewed licence will normally be valid for three years. QuotationMarkRight.pngDirectGov[1]

There is detailed "at a glance" guidance on the medical assessment of fitness to drive from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), including guidance on what the doctor should do if s/he believes that a patient is continuing to drive after being told they must not (e.g. uncontrolled epilepsy).[2] Doctors have discretion to breach confidentiality about patients who are not medically fit to drive - the GMC advises that they should inform the DVLA medical officer in such circumstances.[3][4]

Others can also inform the DVLA (as can doctors, as members of the public rather than in their professional capacity) if they believe somebody is driving when it is unsafe for them to do so - there is an online form for this at the DVLA web site.

Update April 2016

DVLA guidance has been updated; related GMC guidance is expected to be updated by the end of 2016. Pulse magazine has published a Q&A on the changes here.


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