Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Licensing:Written question - 286291

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Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for Transport
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Licensing
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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances would the DVLA seek a medical review of a person’s heavy goods vehicle license.
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Answered by: George Freeman
Answered on: 09 September 2019

All drivers are required by law to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) at any time about the onset or worsening of a medical condition affecting safe driving. When a driver first applies for a Group 2 (lorry or bus) licence they must submit a medical report regarding their fitness to drive which must be completed by a doctor.

Group 2 licences are valid for five years. At each renewal, drivers under the age of 45 must make a declaration about whether or not they suffer from a medical condition that may affect their fitness to drive. Drivers renewing their driving entitlement at the age of 45 and over must include a medical report completed by a doctor. At the age of 65, renewals are required annually and must be supported by a doctor.

The DVLA will investigate a person’s fitness to drive if an application, report or a third party notification indicates that they may have a medical condition that affects safe driving.

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