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DVLA / Taxi Medical

Driving is a central part of most adults’ lives. It may not always be a pleasure but the sheer convenience of being able to go where you want when you want means that few of us would give up driving voluntarily.

However, some medical conditions prevent or impose restrictions on patients’ driving. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website directs the following unequivocal statement to drivers:

‘If you have a medical condition which has become worse since your licence was issued, or you develop a new medical condition, you must write and inform the Drivers Medical Unit of the nature of your condition, as it may affect your fitness to drive. Failure to do so is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000.

Who needs a DVLA medical test?

Figure 1: Medical conditions the DVLA must be told about
  • An epileptic event
  • Sudden attacks of disabling giddiness, fainting or blackouts
  • Severe mental handicap
  • A pacemaker, defibrillator or antiventricular tachycardia device fitted
  • Diabetes controlled by insulin
  • Diabetes controlled by tablets
  • Angina (heart pain) while driving
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Any other chronic neurological condition
  • A serious problem with memory
  • A major or minor stroke
  • Any type of brain surgery or brain tumour. Severe head injury involving inpatient treatment at hospital
  • Any severe psychiatric illness or mental disorder
  • Continuing/permanent difficulty in the use of arms or legs which affects ability to control a vehicle
  • Dependence on or misuse of alcohol, drugs or chemical substances in the past 3 years (do not include drink/driving offences)
  • Any visual disability that affects both eyes (do not declare short/long sight or colour blindness)

Taxi Medical

If you require a Taxi Medical Highfield Surgery is providing Medicals on Friday mornings by appointment for £40.

If you require a Taxi Medical within 48 hours we can provide this as well by appointment only.