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Can I drive a bus, coach or lorry?

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.   

Choose from the following list to find out when you would be allowed to drive a bus, coach or lorry:

 I've had 2 or more seizures

You can apply to have group 2 entitlements added to your driving licence when:

  • You hold a full car licence and
  • You’ve been seizure free for at least 10 years and
  • You’ve not taken epilepsy medicine during this 10 year period and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that you are not likely to be a danger to the public

You may also need to have an assessment by a neurologist.

I've had an isolated seizure

If you’ve had a first seizure and not had any others since, it may be classed as an isolated seizure. If so, you can apply to have group 2 entitlements added to your licence when:

  • You hold a full car licence and
  • You’ve been seizure free for at least 5 years and
  • You’ve taken no epilepsy medicine in that time and
  • The driving agency is satisfied that you’re not likely to be a danger to the public

You may also need to have an assessment by a neurologist.

I've had a provoked seizure

A provoked seizure is a seizure with a clear cause, which is unlikely to happen again. The circumstances in which the driving agency will define a seizure as provoked are very limited.

Here are some examples:

  • A seizure at the time of a stroke or mini-stroke, or in the following 24 hours
  • A seizure in the first week following a head injury

If you’ve had seizures in the past, it is very unlikely that the driving agency will decide your seizure was provoked.

A seizure caused by alcohol, drug misuse or lack of sleep would not be classed as provoked.

If you think you may have had a provoked seizure, you should first talk to your doctor. They can contact a medical adviser at the driving agency to find out more on your behalf. If the driving agency believes your seizure was provoked, they will look at your case individually. Based on a doctor’s advice, the driving agency will tell you when you can start driving again.

 

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.

Code: 
B005.05

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

Ed Foxell has declared no conflict of interest.

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

  • Updated March 2017
    To be reviewed March 2018

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