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Transport costs and motor insurance

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.

I am not allowed to drive because of my epilepsy. Can I get any help with transport costs?  

Bus and rail fares

If you have epilepsy and would be refused a driving licence, you may be able to get help with bus and train fares.

Epilepsy Action has more information about free bus travel and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Access to work

If you can’t drive because of your epilepsy, you might be able to get help with the additional costs of travel to and from work, and also travelling while at work.

Epilepsy Action has more information about the Access to Work scheme.

Will having epilepsy affect my motor insurance?

You will need to inform your motor insurers about your epilepsy for your motor insurance to be valid. If your insurers want to raise your premium, we suggest you shop around to see if you can find a better offer.

Epilepsy Action has more information about insurance and the equality laws.

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.


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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