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DVLA Regulations

You may need to tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and one of these health conditions. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure your condition will affect your driving.
You must surrender your licence to DVLA if your doctor tells you to stop driving or if you don’t meet the required standards for driving because of your medical condition. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition or treatment that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result. Surrendering your licence voluntarily may mean you can start driving again sooner.

For DVLA information on:
Renewing your driving licence if you are 70 or over, read HERE
A guide to the rules for driving with a heart condition. read HERE
Surrendering your licence, read HERE
Driving eyesight rules, read HERE

Here is the list of regulations for cardiac conditions, for the full DVLA list of medical conditions, disabilities and driving read HERE

Angina. Balloon angioplasty
Car or motorcycle licence - You don’t need to tell DVLA . You may continue to drive if you have angina (even if you need medication) unless it happens while resting, driving, or with emotion. You must stop driving until your symptoms are under control if it does.
Bus, coach or lorry licence -You must tell DVLA i. Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Angioplasty. Cardiac ablation.
Car or motorcycle licence - You don’t need to tell DVLA. However, you must stop driving for at least 1 week after this procedure. Only start driving again when your doctor says you’re safe to do so. Read ‘Car or motorcycle drivers with heart conditions’ for more information about heart conditions and driving.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you’ve had a heart, cardiac or coronary angioplasty. You must stop driving for at least 6 weeks after this procedure. Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Arrhythmia
Car or motorcycle licence - You must tell DVLA about your arrhythmia if one of the following applies:

  • you have distracting or disabling symptoms
  • your arrhythmia has caused or might cause incapacity

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. Fill in form H1 - ‘Confidential medical information’ and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you have arrhythmia. Fill in form VOCH1 - ‘Confidential medical information’ and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Blackouts, fainting (syncope, loss of conciousness)
Car or motorcycle licence - Ask your doctor if your blackouts, fainting (syncope) or loss of consciousness affect your driving. You must tell DVLA if your condition affects your driving. Fill in form FEP1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - Ask your doctor if your blackouts, fainting (syncope) or loss of consciousness affect your driving. You must tell DVLA if your condition affects your driving. Fill in form FEP1V and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Blood pressure / hypertension.
Car and motorcycle licence - Ask your doctor if you’re not sure if your blood pressure treatment will affect your driving. You must tell DVLA about your condition if your treatment causes side effects that could affect your driving. Fill in form BP1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.
Bus, coach and lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you have blood pressure problems. Fill in form BP1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Heart Failure
Car or motorcycle licence - You don’t need to tell DVLA if you’ve had heart failure. You must stop driving for at least 1 month after your heart failure is under control. You must only restart driving when your doctor tells you it’s safe. Read ‘Car or motorcycle drivers with heart conditions’ for more information.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you’ve had heart failure. Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to the address on the form. You must stop driving for at least 1 month after your heart failure is under control. You must only restart driving when your doctor tells you it’s safe.

Heart Valve diseaser / Replacement valve.
Car or motorcycle licence - You don’t need to tell DVLA. You should stop driving for at least 1 month and only restart driving when your doctor tells you it’s safe.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you have heart valve disease or a replacement valve. Fill in form VOCH1 and send it DVLA. The address is on the form. If you have valve surgery you must stop driving for at least 3 months and only restart driving when DVLA says you can.

Heart Attack.
Car or motorcycle licence - You don’t need to tell DVLA. However, you must stop driving for at least 1 month after this procedure. Only start driving again when your doctor says you’re safe to do so. Read ‘Car or motorcycle drivers with heart conditions’ for more information about heart conditions and driving.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you’ve had a heart, cardiac or coronary angioplasty. You must stop driving for at least 6 weeks after this procedure and only restart driving when DVLA says you can.. Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

ICD / ventricular defibrillator
Car or motorcycle licence - Fill in form DEFIB1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Ischaemic heart disease. Dilated cardiomyopathy.
Car or motorcycle licence - You don’t need to tell DVLA.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - You must tell DVLA if you have ischaemic heart disease. Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Marfans syndrome. Tachycardia. Woolf-Parknson-White syndrome
Car or motorcycle licence - Fill in form H1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Pacemaker. Palpitations.
You must tell DVLA if you have been fitted with a pacemaker.
Car or motorcycle licence - Fill in form H1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.
Bus, coach or lorry licence - Fill in form VOCH1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Correct as of October 2015


 

 

 

 





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