Q: Do I need to notify the DVLA now I have been diagnosed with diabetes?
If you have diabetes that is treated with insulin, you must, by law, inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as soon as possible after you have been diagnosed. If you have diabetes that is treated with tablets as well as another relevant condition or complication, you must also, by law, inform the DVLA. It is also advisable to inform the DVLA if you have diabetes that is treated with tablets even if you do not have another relevant condition or complication as some people can develop complications, such as retinopathy, without always being aware of them. This also gives the DVLA the chance to let you know, in writing, what they may need to inform you about in the future, so you are fully aware of your rights. They will then write to you asking that you inform them should your medical condition change, for example if your treatment changes from tablets to insulin. You must also inform them if you have had diabetes for some time and are applying for a licence, perhaps for the first time. If your diabetes is treated by diet alone, you do not need to inform them.
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Q: Do I need to tell my insurance company?
Since the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) came into effect at the end of 1996, insurers can only refuse cover or charge more for cover if they have evidence of increased risk. Most of the evidence available about drivers with diabetes indicates that they are no higher risk than any other driver. As a result of this many insurance companies no longer ask about diabetes when you apply for insurance.
Some companies, who base their risk assessment on their experience of drivers with diabetes, may still refuse cover or impose special terms or charge an increased premium if their statistics show a higher risk. If this happens it is worth challenging your insurer, especially if your diabetes is stable and well controlled.
If an insurance company asks about diabetes, you must tell them that you have the condition. Failure to do so can invalidate your cover in the event of a claim. Failure to notify the DVLA can also invalidate cover.
It is always worth shopping around for quotes from a number of insurers, as there can be a big difference in premiums.
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Q: I have failed the field of vision test, how can I challenge that?
If you fail a field of vision test, your licence may be revoked, although you can appeal against this decision. To appeal you must show that your field of vision meets the required standard so you must pass another field of vision test. Some people do better on different types of field of vision tests. The DVLA will accept the results of several approved tests. You should therefore discuss the test with your doctor or ophthalmologist