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Driving Licences: Medical Examinations

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL2447, tabled on 6 September 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement that ‘fitness to drive’ assessments to (1) renew, or (2) obtain a new, driver’s licence, are signed by a medical professional with access to the driver’s full medical history.

Answered on

15 September 2021

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency already recommends that drivers who need to submit a medical report with a licence application or renewal should obtain this from a doctor with access to their medical records. However, this is not compulsory and to make it a requirement may have impacts on drivers and the transport industry in terms of time and costs. When conducting medical investigations, the DVLA will write to the driver’s GP or consultant if further medical information is required. There are no plans to change the existing arrangements.