DVLA could force drivers with diabetes and sleep apnea to 'surrender' licence

The DVLA will revoke licences and carry out checks over medical conditions which could see you stopped from driving. Easyquote revealed several ways road users could be caught out by DVLA fines if you fail to report medical conditions.

They said: “Failing to report a medical condition could lead to a fine of up to £1,000, and drivers involved in accidents risk prosecution. The DVLA maintains a comprehensive list of over 110 conditions that could impair driving abilities, which some motorists may not be fully aware of.

"Common conditions requiring disclosure include diabetes, vertigo, and sleep apnoea, among others listed on the DVLA website." If it is considered that the driver does not meet the medical standards for driving their entitlement to drive would be revoked rather than the driver being made to surrender their licence. GOV.UK said: “DVLA will carry out medical checks to decide if you can continue to hold a driving licence.

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"This can take several months." It adds: "If DVLA decides that it’s not safe for you to drive, your licence will be revoked.” Experts at Swansway Motor Group explained: "Drivers must understand the nature of not disclosing medical conditions to the DVLA. Beyond the risk of fines, failure to report illnesses could have severe consequences, especially if involved in an accident where an undisclosed condition may have played a role.

"By keeping the DVLA informed about any changes in health status, drivers actively contribute to a safer driving environment for themselves and others. The extensive list provided by the DVLA encompasses a wide range of medical conditions that could impact driving ability. From cancer to neurological disorders, it's crucial for drivers to recognise the significance of reporting these conditions to authorities.

"For those uncertain about whether their condition is notifiable, consulting with a healthcare professional is highly advised. It's better to stay on the side of caution and ensure compliance with DVLA regulations to avoid potential legal and financial repercussions."