I’ve always known a driving licence for people with MS, when limited, has always been a 3-yr licence.
When I first informed the DVLA of my MS, at the time of my DX, they didn’t limit my licence. However, 3 years ago, they did, to a 3-yr licence.
This year, I got the reminder, filled in several pages of questions, which were pretty much the same as 3 years ago, and was told I had to have a medical with my GP. This initially terrified me, as I couldn’t think why on earth they’d need one, as my replies to their questions hadn’t changed since 3 years ago, and I don't have problems that could affect my “fitness to drive.”
Having had the medical, they then sent me my new licence, which is now for 5 years! Whoopee, I thought, but couldn’t figure out why it should have increased from 3 to 5 years.
A couple of days later, I got a letter from the DVLA, explaining:
“DVLA has recently been advised that in instances where a driver has had multiple sclerosis for at least three years and has been able to demonstrate that their condition has remained stable, it may be appropriate to issue longer duration medical licences.”
I don’t know how recently “recently” is, but I thought this might be of interest to other MSers who might not know about this new duration for MSers.
I also don’t know what constitutes “stable” in this respect, but maybe the cause of my having to have a medical was for the GP to confirm that not much has changed in my SPMS over the past 3 years, in relation to the DVLA’s questions on the form?
Re the medical with my GP, I needn’t have worried. It just seemed to consist of asking me the same questions as were on the form, and doing a vision test for what I guess was checking my peripheral vision: closing one eye whilst pointing out which of her hands my GP was wriggling her fingers with.
By the way, the whole process, from the initial reminder form to receiving my licence, took a whopping 3 months!
Is that correct that if u have MS u MUST inform DVLA and your insurance companys...............if u do not do this IF involved in even a minor RTA u can be fined 10000 and classed as having no insurance and possible loss of licence altogethe???
Edited by Scully to include 'tags' to previous discussion on this topic
I don't hold a full driving licence, just a provisional. After my diagnosis way back in feb I dug it out and sent it off to declare my dx, also to change my address and surname (better late than never!) as I suddenly realised how much i need to be able to drive as it will give me so much more independence.
I filled it all out and got a letter back to say they needed my dr's details etc, sent off in march. Got a letter today (yes today 10m on!) saying they still had not made contact with my neuro, could I chase him up and get back to them? I have changed neuro's in this time and according to my nurse, current neuro is off until January (nice life for sum huh?!). So what do I do now? Just wait or try the old neuro again? Would he still count as my doctor? Why do we always end up having to organise things?!
All advice welcome, thanks
HI I recently applied for DLA and now this week I've had a letter from dvla who I notified of My MS 3 years ago and I was given no restrictions and they have requested I return my licence by Nov as I will no longer be able to drive ? I'm perfectly able to drive I'm not on medication etc but they are requesting I sit the theory and take a driving test again ? I just don't understand ?
When I returned home from work today, I found a letter form the DVLA on my mat dated 24/6/2010. It tells me that they have decided that my current driving licence will be withdrawn from 12/07/10 and be replaced with a short period licence, which will run for 3 years.
If I return my licence plus an acceptance form, before the withdrawal date, I can continue to drive for those 3 years. If I do not my licence will be revoked.
Really, I was not really expecting this and thought I'd be asked to some sort of medical, if necessary. So I can't help wondering what the last neurologist I saw 3 months ago let them know something about about my condition that I don't know about. Certainly, I have no clues from the letter from the DVLA.
I saw my GP on Monday and neither she nor I have had a letter from the neurologist, since my consultation with him. I managed to contact his secretary after my GP's appointment and she infomed me that a letter had been typed the day I saw the neuro and sent to my GP, a copy to me, my MS nurse and the neuro who referred me to him.
Can anyone tell me if this is the usual and standard way the DVLA deal with those of us with MS?
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