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Driving Licences: Medical Examinations

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 42064, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many blood samples were requested by DVLA as part of a fitness to drive medical in each of the last five years.

Answered on

8 September 2021

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

The number of blood tests requested by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency as part of a medical fitness to drive investigation in the last five years is shown in the table below:

Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Total requests

35,524

36,792

35,040

36,125

43,332

34,216

Information on the number of blood tests that needed to be retaken or the reason why is not readily available. Retrieving this information would require the interrogation of each individual case to identify the reason for which the blood test needed to be re-taken.

Original answer

The number of blood tests requested by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency as part of a medical fitness to drive investigation in the last five years is shown in the table below:

Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2020/21

Total requests

35,524

36,792

36,125

43,332

34,216

Information on the number of blood tests that needed to be retaken or the reason why is not readily available. Retrieving this information would require the interrogation of each individual case to identify the reason for which the blood test needed to be re-taken.

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