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GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME AND DRIVING

You must tell the DVLA if you have, or are recovering from, Guillain-Barre syndrome. This also applies to CIDP and all associated inflammatory neuropathies.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. If you’re involved in an accident, you may be prosecuted. Car, motorcycle, bus, coach, or lorry licence. Tell the DVLA.

Medical conditions, disabilities and driving

Telling the DVLA about a medical condition or disability

You must tell the DVLA if you have a driving license and:

  • you develop a “notifiable” medical condition or disability
  • a condition or disability has got worse since you got your license

Notifiable conditions are anything that could affect your ability to drive safely. They can include:

  • epilepsy
  • strokes
  • other neurological and mental health conditions
  • physical disabilities
  • visual impairments

If you’re in Northern Ireland you must contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA): www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/how-tell-dva-about-medical-condition

If you’re in the Republic of Ireland contact the National Driver License Service (NDLS): www.rsa.ie/RSA/Licensed-Drivers/Safe-driving/Medical-Issues/

How to tell DVLA

Check if you need to tell DVLA about your condition to find the forms or questionnaires you need. The address you need is on the forms. There are different forms for different conditions and disabilities.

By phone

DVLA drivers’ medical enquiries

Telephone: 0300 790 6806

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5:00pm

Saturday, 8am to 1pm

By email

You can email DVLA to tell them about your driving and medical issues by typing this into your browser:

https://live.email-dvla.service.gov.uk/w2c/en_gb/decisions/drivers%20medical

By post

Drivers’ Medical Enquiries

DVLA

Swansea

SA99 1TU 

You could be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a condition that might affect your ability to drive safely. You could also be prosecuted if you have an accident.

Further information if you live in Ireland:

Northern Ireland

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/how-tell-dva-about-medical-condition

Republic of Ireland

http://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Licensed-Drivers/Safe-driving/Medical-Issues/

 

 

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