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Nottingham Post
Christopher Harper & Andrew Brookes

Two new health conditions drivers must declare to DVLA - or risk £1,000 fine

Motorists are required by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) to declare certain health conditions that might affect their ability to drive safely. These include conditions such as glaucoma and several others that affect your eyesight, diabetes, sleep apnoea and heart, with the full list from A to Z being quite a long one.

Drivers who don't report these conditions to the agency could invalidate their insurance and risk being fined up to £1,000. Motorists could also be prosecuted if they have an accident.

In recent days, two more major health conditions have been added to list. As of December, any drivers who suffer from fits or febrile convulsions must report this to the DVLA, reports Birmingham Live.

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Febrile convulsions, or febrile seizures, can happen when someone has a fever - most often affecting young children. But it can be a symptom of an underlying condition in adults.

A DVLA 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."

More information about medical conditions, disabilities and driving is available on the GOV.UK website. You can also find more information about what to do if you need to declare your condition - there are different forms for different conditions and license types.

According to the NHS, febrile seizure usually lasts for less than five minutes. Symptoms include becoming stiff with arms and legs possibly beginning to twitch as well as losing consciousness and potentially wetting or soiling yourself. People may also be sick and foam at the mouth, and their eyes may roll back.


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