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Driving for a living

These pages are about driving laws in the UK. If you are looking for information about driving laws in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation.

Taxi driving

To drive a taxi you will need to have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months (three years in London) and hold a taxi operator’s licence. You can apply for a taxi operator’s licence at the licensing unit of your local authority. In London you should apply to the Public Carriage Office. In Northern Ireland, you should apply to DVA, Road Transport Licensing Division, Taxi Licensing Section, 148-158 Corporation Street, Town Parks, Belfast BT1 3DH.

Each taxi licensing unit has its own driving licence requirements. Some impose the extra health requirements that are needed to hold a category C or D licence. Contact your local licensing unit for the licensing requirements in your area.

Driving forklift trucks or farm machinery

To drive a forklift truck or farm machinery on the public highway, you will need a full licence. The type of licence required will depend on the size of vehicle involved. You won’t need a licence to drive these on private land. However, if your seizures are not well controlled, it could put you or others at risk when you are driving. In this case, you could face some restrictions under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Driving on private land

By law you don’t need a driving licence to drive any vehicle on private land. However, if your seizures are not well controlled, it could put you or others at risk when you are driving. In this case, you could face some restrictions under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.

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B005.04

This information was written by Epilepsy Action’s advice and information team, with guidance and input from people living with epilepsy and experts at DVLA.

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Edward Foxell at DVLA for his contribution to this information. 

The DVLA has no conflict of interest.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated April 2015
    To be reviewed April 2018

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