Fitness to drive
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). 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.
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
- ↑ DirectGov. Renewing your driving licence at 70 plus. Last viewed 2010 (23 Feb)
- ↑ DVLA. For medical practitioners: at a glance guide to the current medical standards of fitness to drive. Swansea, 2007 (pdf; updated every 6 months)
- ↑ Lockwood GM. Confidentiality. Medicine 2005;33(2):8-11
- ↑ Confidentiality: Protecting and Providing Information: Patients driving/DVLA. General Medical Council. Last accessed 1/8/07
This article is a stub. Please feel free to expand it and make it more encyclopaedic.