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Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects their driving, and drivers may also be prosecuted if they are involved in an accident because of a health condition.
Whilst some conditions – like epilepsy and head injuries – should obviously be reported, other illnesses have unexpected side effects that could impact a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle properly. As a result, you should notify the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency if you suffer from conditions like insulin-treated diabetes, and even déjà vu.
So what should drivers be aware of
You need to tell DVLA if you have diabetes treated by insulin, and your insulin treatments last or will last over three months. This applies if you had gestational diabetes too. You should also let them know if you get disabling hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) or if a medical professional has told you that you’re at risk of developing it.
If you experience dizziness that is sudden, disabling, or recurrent, you must tell DVLA. This applies to car, motorcycle, bus, coach and lorry drivers.
3. Déjà vu
You must tell DVLA if you have seizures or epilepsy that cause déjà vu. Déjà vu is a neurological anomaly related to epileptic electrical discharge in the brain, creating a strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past. You should talk to your doctor if you’re not sure if your déjà vu is related to seizures or epilepsy.
4. Sleep apnoea
There are several sleep disorders that you should tell DVLA about, including confirmed moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS), narcolepsy, cataplexy, and any other sleep condition that has caused excessive sleepiness for at least three months. You should also notify them if you’re taking medication that has caused excessive sleepiness for three months.
You must tell DVLA if you have labyrinthitis, which is an inner ear disorder that can cause dizziness, nausea, and loss of hearing.
6. Heart palpitations
If you regularly have heart palpitations, which are heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable and may feel like pounding, fluttering, or irregular beating, the DVLA require you to inform them.
All information on health conditions and driving found here: https://www.gov.uk/