All UK drivers face £1,000 fine if they don't declare 112 illnesses to DVLA

Published date10 November 2021
Publication titleEdinburghLive (Scotland)
The DVLA have a long list of ailments that motorists must declare - with those who fail to do so facing prosecution.

The more than 100 illnesses including eye issues to vertigo and the government warns you may be prosecuted if you're involved in an accident as a result of an undeclared illness.

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It is estimated there are around a million drivers on the road in the UK with a health issue they haven't flagged to the DVLA, reports MEN.

While some conditions - such as head injuries and dementia - should be reported, other illness may not seem so obvious but come with unexpected symptoms that could affect your ability to drive.

As a result, you are encouraged to check with your doctor if you're unsure. However, the duty lies with the driver to inform the DVLA.

Notifiable conditions are anything that could affect your ability to drive safely. Some, such as deafness, do not need to be declared to the DVLA.

It's important to tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and:

* You develop a 'notifiable' medical condition or disability

* A condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence

Check if you need to declare your condition to find the forms or questionnaires you need. DVLA will assess your medical condition or disability and decide if:

You need to get a new driving licence

* You can have a shorter licence - for one, two, three or five years

* You must stop driving and give up your licence

* You need to adapt your car by fitting special controls

The Daily Record has gone through all the medical conditions that you must notify the DVLA about if you have a UK driving licence.

Full list of medical conditions to be declared to DVLA

The following conditions must be declared to DVLA for driving a car or motorcycle. Bus and lorry licences have different rules.

Agoraphobia

You must tell DVLA if agoraphobia affects your ability to drive safely.

Ask your doctor if you're not sure if your agoraphobia will affect your driving.

Alcohol problems

You must tell DVLA if you have an alcohol problem.

Alzheimer's disease

You must tell DVLA if you have Alzheimer's disease.

Amputations

You must tell DVLA if you've had a limb amputated.

Angiomas or cavernomas

A cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, usually found in the brain and spinal cord. They're sometimes known as cavernous angiomas.

You must tell DVLA if you have angiomas or cavernomas.

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a long-term condition in which the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed.

You must tell DVLA if your ankylosing spondylitis affects your ability to drive safely.

Anorexia nervosa

You must tell DVLA if you have an eating disorder (for example anorexia nervosa) and it affects your ability to drive safely.

Ask your doctor if you're not sure if your eating disorder will affect your driving.

Anxiety

You must tell DVLA if you experience anxiety and it affects your ability to drive safely.

Ask your doctor if you're not sure if your anxiety will affect your driving.

Aortic aneurysm

You must tell DVLA if your aortic aneurysm is 6 centimetres or more in diameter despite treatment. You must not drive if your aortic aneurysm is 6.5 centimetres or more in diameter.

Ask your doctor or consultant if you're not sure.

Arachnoid cyst

Arachnoid cysts are the most common type of brain cyst.

You must tell DVLA if you have an arachnoid cyst.

Arrhythmia

You must tell DVLA about your arrhythmia if one of the following applies:

* you have distracting or disabling symptoms

* your arrhythmia means you might not be able to safely stop or control a vehicle

Talk to your doctor if you're not sure if your arrhythmia causes other symptoms that will affect your driving, or if you must tell DVLA about them.

You must tell DVLA if your arrhythmia affects your driving.

Arteriovenous malformation

You must tell DVLA if you have an arteriovenous malformation.

Arthritis

You must tell DVLA if you use special controls for driving. Fill in form G1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form...

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