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Rules for driving a bus, coach or lorry (group 2 licence)

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.   

An explanation of the terms used on this page

  • A seizure:

    For the purposes of licensing the driving agencies treat more than one seizure within a 24 hour period as a single seizure.

  • Provoked seizure:

    A seizure that happened at the time of a physical trauma or injury to your body, or within a week of a trauma or injury to your brain.

  • Unprovoked seizure:

    Any seizure that is not provoked. Most seizures in epilepsy are unprovoked. Even if you have seizures triggered by a specific thing, for example lack of sleep, they would still be classed as unprovoked.

 

Choose from the following list to find out when you would be allowed to drive on a group 2 licence:

I’ve had more than one unprovoked seizure

If you’ve had more than one unprovoked seizure within a 10 year period, 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 since your last unprovoked seizure and
  • You’ve not taken any epilepsy medicine in that time 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 a single unprovoked seizure

If you’ve had a single unprovoked seizure, with no other unprovoked seizures in the 10 years immediately before that seizure, 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 five 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

If your doctor thinks your seizure was provoked, and the driving agency agrees, they will look at your case on an individual basis. They will let you know when you can drive.  If you’ve no history of unprovoked seizures you will usually need to be seizure free for 5 years before the driving agency allows you to have a group 2 licence.

However, you may need longer than 5 years seizure free if:

  • You’ve had any unprovoked seizures in the past or
  • There’s evidence that you are at increased risk of having further seizures. For example, tests show scarring or epileptic activity in your brain

For information about which seizures may be classed as provoked contact Epilepsy Action, or see DVLA’s Assessing fitness to drive guide for medical professionals, Appendix B.

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: 
B005.07

Epilepsy Action would like to thank DVLA for contributing to this information.

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated March 2019
    To be reviewed March 2022

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