DRIVING AND THE DVLA
As you are aware, the DVLA guidelines introduced as a result of revisions to an EU directive in 2015 have caused much confusion. Many drivers have unnecessarily lost their licences as a result.
After intensive lobbying by SATA and other organisations, the DVLA revised their advice to medical professionals last October. However, though they have agreed to make changes to forms SL1 and SL1V these amendments have not yet been published, nor has their advice to patients, for example in the Gov.uk website, yet been changed.
The following advice represents SATA’s understanding of the current position, both for those recently diagnosed, or who suspect, sleep apnoea, and also for those who have already lost their licence and wish to challenge that DVLA decision. As soon as further DVLA advice is issued we will amend these pages.
We have tried to make this guidance as clear and as succinct as possible, but there is a lot of information to convey, and therefore a lot to read and understand.
NB. This information is for UK drivers only - regulations and requirements in other countries will be different.
The information contained in this email is 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.
The information is provided by The Sleep Apnoea Trust and whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this information.
The detailed guidance is available as a pdf SATA Patient Information Sheet from our leaflet resource, just click this link SATA DVLA & Driving Patient Information Sheet
Please note that the information in this document is subject to change and revision, as the DVLA is still amending and updating its own information.