Welcome to The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association

Working to improve the lives of sleep apnoea patients,their partners and their families. Managed by volunteers, SATA is regarded as the leading UK charity working in the field of Sleep Apnoea

Complimentary Medical Alert card and purchase of a Medical Equipment Baggage Tag are now additional benefits if you join the Trust

Driving and Sleep Apnoea – DO NOT CALL THE DVLA

This information is for UK drivers only - regulations and requirements in other countries will be different. The information is given for general information purposes only. It is in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a doctor. If you are worried about any aspect of your health, you should consult a doctor in person.

 General Guidance to Drivers

Owing to DVLA rule changes, which have created chaos, we are in the process of updating the Trust’s own leaflet and patient information “Driving and Sleep Apnoea – The Facts” to provide general information on Driving and Sleep Apnoea.

Under no circumstances call the DVLA as the result can be variable depending upon who you speak to. Consult with your Sleep Clinic on ALL communications with the DVLA and if you are still not confident, call the SATA Help Line.

However, the legal position of drivers who are sleepy is clearly explained in the DVLA Leaflet “ Tiredness Can Kill” (INF 159 DVLA)and this can be downloaded from the following web link:


Detailed Guidance to Drivers

At present we are unable to provide detailed guidance owing to the variability of interpretation of the new DVLA rules. Please consult you Sleep Clinic Consultant and seek their guidance on this matter.




Driven to Despair – How Drivers are let down by the DVLA

British Thoracic Society

BTS Position Paper on Drivng and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome


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