DVLA warned penalties for 'failing to report medical conditions' are 'too low'

The DVLA has been warned its penalties for driving offences are "too low". John Kushnick, Legal Operations Director of National Accident Helpline said it was “questionable” if the current penalty for those failing to report medical conditions was strict enough.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, John said in a statement last week: “While a fine of up to £1000 is currently in place for those who fail to report their medical conditions to the DVLA, it’s questionable whether that fine is enough of a deterrent.

"When those who are both unfit to drive and aware that they should not be behind the wheel do cause road accidents resulting in injuries, or worse death, this fine seems too low.” John has urged road users to “stay on top of their health” if they're a driver.

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He urged motorists across the UK to speak to medical professionals if they have any concerns before setting off on journeys. John added: “However, it’s often, that people are driving in an unfit state, unaware of any undiagnosed medical conditions, and cause life-changing accidents because symptoms materialise when behind the wheel, such as epileptic fits or an undetected heart condition.

“These instances highlight the importance of drivers staying on top of their health and get clear advice from their doctors on whether they should be driving or not.” LeaseLoco analysis found more than 650,000 drivers have lost their licence since 2014.

John Wilmot, CEO of LeaseLoco said: “You can be fined up to £1,000 for not informing the DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving, but is that really a strong enough deterrent? With so many of us relying on our cars for work and leisure, some drivers may think it's worth the risk to stay silent.

“For them, surrendering their licence could mean losing their mobility, their job, and the ability to visit family and friends."