Driving Advice

This information is a driving resource aimed at individuals with a diagnosis of a neurological condition and those involved in their care.

Summary of the UK Guidelines for Individuals with a Neurological Diagnosis:

You need to tell the DVLA about some medical conditions as they can affect your driving. To check if a health condition affects your driving click here.

Applicants and licence holders have a legal duty to:

  • notify the DVLA of any injury or illness that would have a likely impact on safe driving ability (except some short-term conditions)
  • notify the DVLA if a condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence
  • respond fully and accurately to any requests for information from either the DVLA or healthcare professionals
  • comply with the requirements of the issued licence, including any periodic medical reviews indicated by the DVLA

You must give up your licence if either:

  • your doctor tells you to stop driving for 3 months or more
  • you don’t meet the required standards for driving because of your medical condition. These can be assessed by a medical professional.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

Useful Resources

DVLA – Check if a health condition affects your driving

DVLA – Assessing fitness to drive: guide for medical professionals

DVLA – Neurological disorders general information: assessing fitness to drive

DVLA – Visual Disorders: assessing fitness to drive

DVLA – Appendices: assessing fitness to drive

Greater Manchester Driving Assessment Service

NW Driving Assessment Service

Driving Mobility