Medical Conditions

Notifiable medical conditions

Notifiable Conditions‘Notifiable’ medical conditions and disabilities include epilepsy, strokes and other neurological conditions, mental health problems, physical disabilities and visual impairments.

Click here to see the list of notifiable medical conditions
https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving

For additional advice regarding Eyesight and the use of Medicine and Drugs whilst Driving please visit our page on Eyesight and Medicines

For more information about medical conditions which could affect your driving, click here.

Driving with Diabetes

Car drivers and motorbike riders do not need to tell DVLA if you control your diabetes by diet or tablets unless you are told to by your doctor.

If you are insulin treated – You need to tell DVLA.

You also need to tell DVLA if you have suffered any of the following:

•  2 episodes of severe hypoglycaemia (help needed from another person) within the last 12 months
•  developed impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia
•  visual problems

Buses and lorry drivers need to tell DVLA if you have diabetes for which you take medication or if your doctor advises you to.

If you are on insulin, you need to:

•  have 3 months of continuous blood glucose readings available on a memory meter every time you apply for a licence
•  test your blood glucose no more than 2 hours before the start of your first journey and every 2 hours through the day

You will also need to test your blood glucose and record your readings at least twice a day even when not driving.

Below is a video which gives some guidance

Driving with Dementia

A diagnosis of dementia is not in itself a reason to stop driving. One in every three people with dementia still drives. What matters, from both a legal and a practical point of view, is whether the person is still able to drive safely.

To find out more about this click here for more information from the Alzheimers Society.

Below is an article written by Dr James McKillop who was diagnosed with dementia and his story. Click here to read the article

Dementia case study picture

Dr McKillop realised he was no longer safe to drive on the road, however he still wanted to have a chance to drive again which he did with an instructor on a private track.

Driving experiences

If you would be interested in doing the same as Dr McKillop and driving on a private track with a driving instructor then contact John Reynolds who is an approved driving instructor. He has road tracks in Aldershot, Ardingly, Barton Stacey, Bordon, Dunsfold Park and Thorney Island. He specialises in giving driving experiences to under 17 year olds, however he has done the same for older drivers.

You can e-mail him at  info@driveb4uturn17.co.uk

His web site can be found by clicking here