This section shares some common questions that ADIs ask DVLA, along with DVLA’s responses
What powers do DVLA have to enforce mandatory eyesight checks on drivers?
The decision ultimately rests with the government as DVLA cannot mandate these changes.
Is it legal for a driver (or rider) to declare all medical conditions to the DVLA?
Drivers and riders must declare any condition to the DVLA that may affect their ability to drive (or ride) safely.
Can anyone inform DVLA of a driver or rider if they have real concerns about their safety, and the safety of others?
A third party can contact DVLA if they have concerns about someone’s driving.
What would DVLA do if a third party notified them of concerns?
DVLA would contact the licence holder concerned. DVLA may send a health questionnaire asking them to sign a declaration to grant DVLA permission for information to be obtained from their doctor. A health questionnaire may also be sent to their doctor. The DVLA will consider the information they receive and will make a decision whether to revoke the licence, allow the driver to retain their licence with restrictions, or request additional information. This can take the form of an independent medical examination, a practical medical fitness to drive assessment, a practical DVSA driving test and/or visual assessment.
So if a licence is revoked, that’s it?
If there is fresh evidence to suggest that the person is fit to drive and a doctor is happy to support this and enough evidence is presented, there can be occasions when DVLA will change their decision.
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