DVLA MEDICAL ENQUIRIES 0843 455 0054.

One of the main reasons why guidelines and standards on matters medical exist is to ensure safety in public places. These guidelines also come in handy when promoting safe road use. It is through these guidelines that drivers with existing medical conditions are reviewed periodically to ascertain their fulfillment of the set medical requirements for safe driving.

VALUABLE INFORMATION ALL DRIVERS NEED TO KNOW.

Get enough sleep.
There are some interesting facts that show how fatigue and sleepiness on the road can wreak havoc. Did you that more than a fifth of all road accidents are caused by sleepy drivers? Well, now you o. Among other common causes of accidents are weather conditions, poor road conditions, vehicle faults, and traffic offences. However, research into road accidents have concluded that one of the most common contributors of road accidents is tired drivers.

What if the fatigue is due to a medical condition.

DVLA Medical advice number

If you are among the many people who have a medical condition that causes sleepiness and fatigue, and you currently have a valid driving licence, it is important to inform the DVLA about it. Simply fill in a notification with details of your health condition and submit to the nearest DVLA office. Keep in mind that the agency will only accept a hard copy of the notification that is duly filled and signed. You can use the DVLA contact number to get advice on how to fill in the notification.

Once the office receives your notification, you will need to provide further information about your condition through a detailed questionnaire developed by the agency. This questionnaire is sent to your doctor (not you – but with your consent of course) to ensure that the information concerning the medical condition is accurate.

When should you report a disability or medical condition

If you are currently affected by any health condition or disability that can affect how you drive, it is imperative that the DVLA knows about it immediately. DVLA should be aware of any condition; new, existing or changing medical conditions that affect how you drive. If you are caught driving with a disability or medical condition without having notified the agency, you will be fined up to £1000 for your negligence.

APPLYING FOR YOUR FIRST DRIVING LICENCE WITH A MEDICAL CONDITION

Driving licence application forms comes with a section full of medical history questions. If this is your first time applying for a licence and you have a medical condition that can potentially affect your driving, it is important to mention that in the form. If need be, you can fill a separate medical questionnaire and enclose it with the regular driving licence application.

STEPS TO FOLLOW IF YOU ARE SICK AND CURRENTLY OWN A LICENCE

You need to tell DVLA of any health condition or disability if you already have a licence. You should not wait for your renewal time or the expiry of the licence. You can download the necessary health questionnaire form, complete it and send it by fax, email or post to the provided address. The DVLA site contains details about telephone numbers, contact address as well as the health issues and treatments that should be reported to DVLA. Use the DVLA contact number to get in touch if you need any assistance.

GIVING UP YOUR LICENCE

Revoked Licence

If your health consultant advises you against driving, with regard to the health regulations, you should give your licence back to DVLA. The DVLA site has more details on health conditions and medical standards.

It is important to note that once you give up your licence, it can be given back to you after you reapply later.

Driving has no regulation on when you should stop driving. You have a choice on when you should stop driving, depending on your general health and medical condition.

WHAT IS DONE AFTER REPORTING TO DVLA?

The DVLA makes a decision in 3 weeks. Nonetheless, if there is need to find more details regarding your health condition, the DVLA can take about 90 days to decide. The steps taken by the DVLA are:

  • Contacting your doctor or health consultant.
  • Their panel of experts can evaluate your case.
  • They may need you to go through an eyesight or driving test.

WHAT ARE THE DECISIONS MADE BY DVLA?

After the evaluation of your medical condition or disability, DVLA can make one of these decisions:

  • You can be required to replace your driving licence or retain it.
  • You can be given a short-term licence for 1-3 years. After the expiration of the licence, DVLA will examine your condition
  • You can be required to install special controls for your car
  • You may have to give up your licence

Modifying your vehicle

If the DVLA asks you to modify your car, you can conduct an autonomous search through the “Mobility Centres Forum", which will help you find a centre as well as the appropriate contacts. You can find out from the centre, the equipment needed to help you keep safe while driving.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TERMINATION OF YOUR LICENCE BY DVLA?

If your medical condition is worsening, the DVLA will have to terminate your licence’ since you will be considered unsafe for driving.

If the DVLA’s decision to terminate your licence does not feel fair to you, you can appeal that decision. This may take a long time, but you will get your licence back if your appeal is found valid.

Note that you can present your appeal about the DVLA’s decision to a Magistrates Court. You should inform the DVLA of the appeal.

HOW CAN I RE-APPLY FOR MY LICENCE?

If you gave up your licence due to medical reasons, you should re-apply for it to DVLA before you start driving again. See your doctor you make sure you are medically fit to drive. If the doctor agrees, attach all the documents proving your current medical status to your reapplication form.

BLUE BADGE SYSTEM

This is a scheme for parking that helps those with serious mobility issues and lets them park their cars near their destination. Blue Badge is available in every part of U.K.

Information Regarding The Scheme

Blue Badges

Blue badge is used in on-street parking; where disabled drivers are allowed to park their vehicles in specially situated bays for free. The standard time limits for parking do not apply to the Blue Badge beneficiaries. If you need any assistance with the Blue Badge Scheme, use the DVLA contact number.

How To Join The Blue Badge System

You are eligible for the scheme if:

  • You a get a higher rank in the component of mobility of the Allowance for Disability Living
  • You are recognized as blind
  • You get a mobility supplement for war pensioners
  • You are substantial and permanent disability

Application for Blue Badge

This can be done by visiting a DVLA agency or by downloading an application form online. Complete the application and forward by fax, email or post to the given address.

Online process

To check if you are eligible, you are required to answer some questions regarding your disability. Complete an application form online if you find yourself eligible for the scheme. After filling in the form, it is automatically forwarded to DVLA, and a decision is made. Typically, the decision is given around 15 working days after the form is received.

You should note that of abusing your Blue Badge can land you a fixed fine of £1000, which sometimes comes with an additional penalty for illegal parking.

MOTABILITY SCHEME

This is an autonomous scheme for national charity which enables the disabled to lease new powered wheelchairs, cars or scooters at a friendly price. You can directly contact Mortability to find out the regulations for using mortability vehicles.

Exemptions for tax disc

People with disabilities qualify to get tax discs for free.

Tax disc application

If you just bought a new vehicle or car, you can make an insurance award/ certificate or tax disc application. The recognized keeper can make a tax disc application if:

  • They are permanently ill or disabled
  • A third party uses the car or vehicle exclusively for driving the disabled
First time tax disc application

This procedure is quite different from that of regular tax disc application. After buying a new car, you are expected to submit your entitlement certificate, certificate of registration and any relevant document to DVLA, so that you can claim a tax disc.

If you intend to use your tax disc on an old car, you should visit a post office to replace your car’s tax class. You should have these documents:

  • V5C – a complete certificate of vehicle registration
  • Original MOT or GVT certificate
  • Entitlement and insurance certificate
  • V5C/2 (for the supplement of a new holder)
Tax disc renewal

After changing your vehicle’s tax class into disabled, you are allowed to renew your tax disc through the following methods:

  • By visiting your local post office
  • By telephone
  • Online – go to www.direct.gov.uk/taxdisc for more details regarding the tax disc

USING VEHICLES REGISTERED UNDER THE TAX CLASS ‘DISABLED’

Such vehicles are meant for disabled persons or people driving the disabled.

Please note that you may receive a penalty for violating the regulations on using the car or using it for reasons other than the ones stated above.

MAKING A REFUND CLAIM ON YOUR PRESENT TAX DISC

You are required to complete a form for refund application online, or get one from the post office. To get more details, please consult the consultants at chosen post offices or in any DVLA office.

Factors considered when making a refund application:

  • Find out if you qualify for a refund. To get more information on the eligibility for a refund, you can download the pamphlet with the details
  • If you think you meet the refund qualifications, complete the form and make sure your details match those on your certificate of registration
  • Those without tax discs can use form V33; which you can get from any DVLA office
  • After successfully submitting your application form, you will get the refund in 6 weeks

TOLL CONCESSIONS

Holders of Blue Badge or the disabled who get higher ranks in the DLA mobility component and have an exemption from car excise duty charges can get toll concessions while driving on road bridges and tunnels. You need to make an advance application for the concessions.

It is important to note that toll concessions are quite dynamic; hence you should check the present tolls before any journey.

DROOPED KERB

This is a part on a footpath that has been lowered in order to allow disabled persons to reach their property.

Droped kerb installation

To make an application, you will have to submit a request for permission to the Roads Service agency, since they are in charge of footpath maintenance. After sending your proposal, the appropriate authority will determine if the proposal is valid. To get more details about drooped kerbs, go to the office website of Roads Service.

Note: Drooped kerbs are only found in England.

LICENCE RENEWALS FOR PEOPLE AGED 70 AND ABOVE

Licence renewal applications can now be made online. You can apply using your National Gateway ID. You should register for the ID if you are not a holder. Things needed making a licence renewal at 70 and above:

  • A valid passport of the UK
  • Identity proof

People aged 70 and above need to meet some conditions to make their licence renewals. They include:

  • Being a Great Britain resident.
  • Having no driving ban.
  • Having an expired licence or one whose expiration date is in 90 days.
  • Meeting the present eye sight qualifications.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR HEALTH EXPERTS

Health professionals should know about any additions or changes on the current health standards early. The characteristics of the health standards regulations include:

  • A record of every medical condition that can affect driving is indicated in the GOV.UK site.
  • A brief guide is included and has been designed for health enquiry searches. There are AAG results as wel.l
  • A PDF of the guide is available. It can be referred to in future.

DVLA CarTax Refund Number 0843 455 0054.