Many have lost their driving licence on medical grounds

 

According to new data obtained via a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, more than 360,000 motorists in the UK have had their driving licence revoked during the past 5 years, many of which are on medical grounds.

Overall, a total of 363,000 drivers in the UK have had their licence revoked since 2014. From this number, 307,000 were car drivers or motorbike riders, whilst 55,000 were bus or lorry drivers.

Last year, the number of driving licences withdrawn from being usable reached a high of 73,724. In fact, over the past three years, it has been more than 70,000 compared to 48,941 in 2014.

So far in 2019, over 40,000 drivers have been removed from UK roads, with the main reason for losing their licence being alcohol, accounting for 15% or 5,450 drivers.

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Drivers must inform the DVLA about any medical conditions that could affect how they drive to avoid being fined or having their licence revoked. © Copyright Mat Fascione and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Seizures, eyesight and memory problems were the next highest reasons – 5,417, 4,534 and 4,175 revocations respectively.

In total, 9% of driving licence revocations so far in 2019 are down to mental health issues – 3,268.

During the past 18 months, 2,865 car drivers and motorbike riders have had their licence revoked because of a sleep-related condition, whereas over the same period, 920 lorry and bus drivers have been taken off the road for the same reason.

If you fail to inform the DVLA of a medical condition that could affect how you drive, you can be fined up to £1,000 but is this really a strong enough deterrent?

Many drivers rely on their cars for getting to and from work and for pleasure trips too, so keeping quiet might be worth the risk to some people, rather than facing the prospect of losing their licence and not being able to get about.

 

 

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