Are you one of 3.4 million driving illegally because of your health?
A new study has revealed that there's a real risk that 3.4 million people are driving with amedical condition that they are supposed to have told the DVLA about. If you have one of these conditions, and don't let them know, you are driving illegally and could be prosecuted.
The study calculated that almost one in ten people have a notifiable condition - which is around 3.4 million of the 35.3 million drivers. The conditions include visual impairments, diabetes, heart conditions or epilepsy. The study found that 9% of drivers have a heart condition, 8% have had a stroke or mini stroke, 7% have diabetes, 7% have a physical disability, 5% have a brain injury, 3% have a visual impairment, and 1% suffer from epilepsy.
When asked why they hadn't made the disclosure 51% said it was because they presumed their condition didn't affect their ability to drive, while 14% said they didn't know they were meant to, 5% didn't see why they should, and 4% had never thought of it. One in 20 didn't mention it to the DVLA out of fear they would have their licence taken away.