Roads safety affects everybody – not just drivers but pedestrians and mobility scooter riders as well. Medical conditions affect everybody as well, and combined with medication can compromise safety wherever we are.
Illness can be as follows – temporary illness lasting up to 3 months or long term / permanent illness which we can self-regulate in general lifestyle, however when it comes to driving there are some mandatory notifications necessary.
With temporary illness we need to be aware of limiting factors and not to drive if impaired in any way, notwithstanding possible invalidation of insurance cover if we did so. We must not drive against doctors advice.
For longer / long term conditions and disability as a driver there are many conditions which need to be notified to DVLA and notification must be immediate and not at the next licence renewal; not to do so will in all likelihood mean insurance invalidation.
Non drivers with specific conditions also need to be aware of road dangers.
DVLA – Driver requirements regarding medical conditions needing to be notified should be checked on the DVLA web site and / or GP advice sought. All conditions and notifications are assessed individually in conjunction with your GP or independent medical assessor.
If in doubt about your condition always check with the DVLA and have confirmation in writing. Ignorance is no excuse and can result in insurance being invalid. The DVLA may impose licence conditions, request driver assessment or if need revoke a licence.
Notifiable medical conditions are anything that could affect your ability to drive safely, can include but is not limited to: epilepsy, strokes, other neurological and mental health conditions, physical disabilities, visual impairments: IF IN DOUBT CHECK WITH DVLA (or Doctor).
The DVLA must be notified of medical changes at any time – not just at licence renewal date. Licences have to be renewed at age 70 and thereafter ever 3 years or shorter period if need.
For a car (max 8 seats) ‘B’ licence (excludes voluntary driving of minibuses) you complete a medical questionnaire which needs to be answered honestly. In all other cases a full doctor medical and opticians examination is required.
Mobility Scooter Users
No compulsory insurance, no licence or test requirement, no suitability assessment and exemption from Road Traffic Act: However type 3 scooters should be DVLA registered.
To qualify to use a mobility scooter, the user has to have recognised medical / mobility issues. Despite other exemptions, users have to obey all highway code rules and give way to pedestrians on pavements. Mobility scooters have a high vulnerability if and when used on roads.
Pedestrians are free (unless medically sectioned) to go anywhere at will on our roads. However, medical conditions and disability can seriously impair judgement and road safety so the message is very much take care.