650,000 drivers have driving licence taken away after DVLA intervention

As many as 650,000 motorists have had their driving licence taken away by the DVLA as it steps in with a medical intervention. Motorists and drivers across the country have had licences removed and had to surrender the right to drive on medical grounds.

John Kushnick, Legal Operations Director of the National Accident Helpline, warned many motorists with more unobtrusive medical conditions may not be reporting them despite being at risk. LeaseLoco found 650,000 drivers have had their driving licence revoked due to medical concerns since 2014.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, John said: “In the last decade, almost 650,000 motorists have had their driving licences taken away on medical grounds. This statistic alone is worrying, but what’s worse is considering the fatal consequences that could have occurred because of people driving in an unfit state.

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“Further education is necessary on the medical conditions that require the DVLA to be alerted about. Many conditions causing people to be unfit to drive fly under the radar, for example, diabetes, drug misuse, heart conditions, visual field defect, alcohol dependency or sleep apnea.

“Because of this lack of awareness, people may not be aware that they need to give up their licence.” You must tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and you develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability or a condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence

Notifiable conditions are anything that could affect your ability to drive safely. They can include diabetes or taking insulin and syncope (fainting) as well as heart conditions (including atrial fibrillation and pacemakers) sleep apnoea and epilepsy.

Other conditons include strokes and glaucoma. You could be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a condition that might affect your ability to drive safely. You could also be prosecuted if you have an accident.