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Christopher Harper & Abbie Meehan

Drivers must notify DVLA of two little-known health conditions or risk hefty fine

Drivers are being warned that failure to advise the Driving, Vehicle and Licencing Agency (DVLA) about certain health conditions could land them with a hefty fine.

Failure in declaring certain conditions could risk a major fine, reports Birmingham Live. Conditions such as poor eyesight or anything that could impede the quality of your driving ability should be declared to the DVLA.

Drivers who fail to declare certain health conditions could invalidate their insurance should they get into an accident. The DVLA has also warned that they could face a £1,000 fine.

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There are a couple of conditions that are less known to road users, that have to be declared to the DVLA. Any driver who suffers from fits or febrile convulsions must notify the DVLA or risk a fine.

Febrile convulsions are a type of fit that can occur when someone is suffering with a fever. Symptoms include:

  • fever

  • the person makes a moaning or unusual sound

  • becomes stiffened and is not responsive or alert

In children, these types of fits are common, but for adults, they could be a sign of another underlying condition. In most instances, fever seems to be the cause of seizures.

The cause of a febrile seizure is not clear, but viral and bacterial infections are usually associated with febrile seizures.

The DVLA has warned road users that they must declare if they suffer from either of these conditions.

A spokesperson said: "You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving.

"If you’re involved in an accident, you may be prosecuted."


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