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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

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Driving and Sleep Apnoea


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, after Forms SL1 and SL1V had been simplified and updated, in April, they were revised again and this has created confusion yet again. As a result we have further updated how to fill in Forms SL1 & SL1V. Although the DVLA has  advice to patients on the Gov.uk website, you are better advised following the information we have published on our website.

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. To challenge DVLA decisions we now almost always advise going to your MP. This is the best route and will get a rapid result.

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.

Therefore, in spite of some improvements,  our advice on contacting the DVLA has not changed. Do NOT phone  or use the on-line medical reporting system. If you make a mistake, your licence could be revoked. Only communicate by letter and keep a copy of everything.

© Sleep Apnoea Trust July 2018

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.

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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.

General Guidance for Drivers



Detailed DVLA Guidance for Drivers 


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 Sheets – July 2018

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.

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