Motorists with diabetes are to have their Driving Licence Application form changed after an intervention from the Prime Minster David Cameron. Complaints that the EU rules on whether a driver is fit to drive are confusing and being too harshly interpreted by United Kingdom authorities have been rife over the last few months and now the PM has stepped in.
Motorists who use insulin to manage their diabetes are failing to get a licence and some are not renewing them under a directive that bars them from driving if they have suffered two “severe” hypoglycaemic attacks within twelve months. Diabetes UK have attacked the application form that is issued by the DVLA saying it relies too much on the subjective assessment of applicants as to how much they are aware of an attack starting. David Cameron recently attacked what he sees as a pointless new regulation from the EU. He then had meetings with Diabetes UK, Ministers and the DVLA.
Diabetes UK are happy that they have raised their concerns at the highest level and are delighted that changes are to be made to the forms. Anyone with diabetes has to renew their licences every one to three years and many were finding that they were losing their licence. The United Kingdom has around 300,000 people with type 1 diabetes and up to 700,000 with type 2, but not all drive a vehicle. Some will buy Any Driver Car Insurance which allows another person to drive the vehicle should any problems arise.
The DVLA said: “We must apply European medical standards but we consider every case individually and only refuse licences where absolutely necessary. We regularly review our forms to make sure they are as clear as possible and are pleased to be working with Diabetes UK to ensure all our information on this important subject is well understood. We are awaiting clarification from the European commission to confirm our understanding of the interpretation of the minimum standards required by the directive.”