Life with diabetes – Driving: Health and Care

DRIVING

If I have diabetes, do I have to declare this when applying for a driving licence? If so, will I have to prove I am fit to drive?

Anyone whose diabetes is treated by diet alone does not need to inform the DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency). If your diabetes is treated by tablets or insulin, you must declare this when applying for a driving licence. If you already hold a driving licence, you must tell the DVLA as soon as you have been diagnosed. Life with diabetes

When you have notified the DVLA, you will receive a form asking for details about your diabetes and the names of any doctors whom you see regularly health care mall. You will be asked to sign a declaration allowing your doctors to disclose medical details about your condition. There is usually no difficulty over someone with diabetes obtaining a licence to drive, though the bureaucracy may be irritating. The DVLA now advises people to test their blood glucose before driving, which is another cause of frustration but at least ensures that it is safe for you to drive.

If you are treated by tablets, you will be able to obtain an unrestricted licence, provided that you undertake to inform the DVLA of any change in your treatment or if you develop any complications of diabetes.

If you are treated by insulin, the licence will be valid for only three years instead of up to the age of 70, which is normal in the UK. It is the risk of sudden and severe hypoglycaemia which makes people liable to this form of discrimination. In general the only people who have difficulty in obtaining a licence are those on insulin with very erratic control and a history of hypos causing unconsciousness. Once their condition has been controlled and severe hypos abolished, they can reapply for a licence with confidence.

Diabetes UK has successfully campaigned for regulations on Cl licences to be changed. Previously, blanket restrictions were imposed on insulin users wishing to drive small vans and lorries between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes. The revised regulations enable anyone taking insulin to be individually assessed on their fitness to drive, even if they have previously had their entitlement withdrawn. Restrictions on other Group 2 vehicles (heavier vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles, such as minibuses) remain. For more information, contact Diabetes UK.

When I was filling out a form for the DVLA, one of the questions asked whether I had had laser treatment in both eyes. Why do the DVLA need this information?

The DVLA may ask you to have a ‘visual fields test’ if you have had laser treatment in both eyes Canadian health and care mall official website http://www.canadianhealthcaremalll.com , and your licence will be revoked if you cannot pass this test. The reason behind this is that in a few cases, very heavy laser therapy can reduce the field of vision – making it like looking through a keyhole. If you are having a visual fields test, you should have the type in which both eyes are tested at the same time. This test is the DVLA driving standard.