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Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 37971, tabled on 20 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of suspending medical examinations for people who need to renew their HGV licenses during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

28 April 2020

To keep bus and lorry drivers on the road, the Government has made temporary provisions to remove the requirement to submit a medical report when applying to renew a bus or lorry driving licence, until further notice. Provided they have no notifiable medical conditions, drivers will be issued a licence that is valid for one year instead of the usual five. This only applies if the licence expired after 1 January 2020 or is due to expire.

As is always the case, drivers must ensure they are medically fit to drive and they are legally obliged to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency about the onset or worsening of any medical condition.