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Government consultation on epilepsy driving regulations in the UK

10 Feb 2011

The UK Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has published their consultation into changes to the driving licence laws for people with epilepsy. 

These changes are part of introducing a European Union directive. This directive will make the laws about driving and epilepsy similar across the European Union.

The main changes proposed for the UK are:

  • Currently people who have sleep-only seizures have to wait three years, while only having sleep only-seizures, before they can reapply for a driving licence. It is proposed that this will be reduced to one year.
  • Currently people who have seizures that do not affect their consciousness or their actions have to be seizure-free for one year before they can apply for a driving licence. The new proposals will allow people who have this type of seizure to apply for a licence, provided they have only had this type of seizure for over one year.
  • And currently if a person’s medication is changed, causing seizures, but the person returns to the old successful treatment, they have to wait one year before they can apply for a licence. The new proposals say this wait should be lowered to six-months seizure freedom.

Epilepsy Action will be responding to this consultation. But we know that driving is an important issue for many of our supporters, and you may want to send your own thoughts to the DVLA too. You can see the proposals and the impact assessment. http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/consultations.aspx

If you live in the UK and have any comments that you would like to send us, we are happy to receive them at pscott@epilepsy.org.uk. We will do our best to represent them in our response.

The consultation finishes on 28 April 2011.

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