Drivers face fine & may not be insured if they don’t declare medical conditions

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Drivers could reportedly face a fine of up to £1,000 and may not be insured by making a certain DVLA mistake.

According to The Express, motorists could lose their insurance cover by not declaring medical conditions.

Rachel Odell, spokesperson for Wessex DriveAbility centre said drivers needed to declare all conditions under current driving laws.

These include anything from a “broken limb” that could leave motorists unable to effectively control a vehicle.

She said the DVLA has a “dedicated medical team” to assess drivers and decide whether they were safe on the road.

Ms Odell said: “Why is it so important that we do inform the DVLA of our conditions or disabilities?

“It could even be a broken limb, or something that might happen temporarily, it's not necessarily dementia or a stroke for example.

“It is the law, that is the most important thing.

“You are breaking the law if you're driving with a notifiable medical condition you haven’t told the DVLA.

“You could be fined up to £1,000 if it's found that you are driving and you haven’t told the DVLA. So do consider that.

“You may not be insured by your insurance company. You might not be fully covered.

“In that case, you're breaking another law because you're driving without insurance. That is really really important. The DVLA does have a dedicated medical team.

“They carry out comprehensive medical enquiries to make sure when someone does notify of their medical condition, it will be the DVLA that will maybe or maybe not launch an investigation.”

Ms Odell said round 3.4million drivers within England and Wales have failed to inform the DVLA of their medical conditions.

GOV.UK confirms drivers must tell the DVLA if they develop a “notifiable medical condition" or disability.

Drivers should also inform the DVLA if a condition or a disability has got worse since you they a licence.

The government website says drivers will need to fill in a range of firms and questionnaires when making a medical declaration.

Following this, the DVLA will decide whether drives need a new, shorter driving licence or whether further action is needed.

This can include drivers being told to adapt their vehicle or stop driving for a period of time.

Ms Oddell said a range of driving skills could be affected by medical conditions, including vision, perception of space, coordination and memory.

She also warned attention, judgement, insight and understanding could also be impacted.

Drivers should also be warned that the DVLA is set to bring in changes to driving licences and MOT test certificates.

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