The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) have released new guidelines that will make it much easier for any driver who uses insulin to treat diabetes to understand the new rules that were recently brought in to comply with a new European directive.
The DVLA has spent a lot of time working with Diabetes UK, the leading charity for those with the condition, to make sure that the information is both clear and easy to understand. The decision to make the changes came after Diabetes UK expressed concern that the application form for a driving licence was misleading. The DVLA has now agreed to implement a number of changes to the form including a clearer description of what is meant by a “severe hypoglycaemic event”.
Diabetes UK were concerned that the recent changes to the medical standards for drivers with diabetes had caused confusion amongst diabetes sufferers. Their own research showed them that some drivers did not understand the implications of some of the questions on the medical questionnaires. Some were even giving wrong answers on the form that meant their licences would not be granted. Others gave wrong answers which would mean their motor insurance policy becoming invalid if they had to make a claim. Diabetes UK raised their concerns with the road safety minster and they are delighted by how the Government not just listened to the concerns but were eager to work with them to develop changes to the driver licensing form for people with diabetes. The change should ensure that the process is fair, transparent and safe.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: “I asked the DVLA to work with Diabetes UK to ensure that people with diabetes understand the importance of notifying the agency about their condition. We must make sure that only those who are safe to drive are allowed on our roads, while at the same time avoiding placing unnecessary restrictions on people’s independence and their right to work. I am extremely pleased that Diabetes UK and the DVLA have worked so closely on this to make sure that the information available for drivers is clear and easily understood.”