The second meeting of the working group established by the Transport Minister, Mike Penning MP, took place on Tuesday (24 January). People with diabetes and members of the Diabetes UK Policy team travelled to Swansea to meet with the DVLA to discuss concerns over the new EU Directive on driving.
Under the new Directive, people with diabetes who report two 'severe' hypo episodes in a 12-month period may have their Group 1 licence revoked. Fears were raised that this could be open to misunderstanding, as people can often experience hypos when asleep. The word 'severe' could also be misunderstood as many hypos can be quickly and easily treated with an appropriate snack.
Substantial changes agreed
As a result of these meetings, the DVLA have agreed substantial changes to the form that people are required to fill in to apply and reapply for driving licences. We will involve members and supporters in giving feedback on the new form over the next two months.
We will also produce clear guidance for people about what they should report on the DVLA form, in line with guidance being produced for healthcare professionals. It is hoped that this will ensure that fewer people will have their licences needlessly revoked, and reduce the delays that people experience in applying and reapplying for licences. Further work with the DVLA to ensure the process is fair, transparent, safe and more speedy is ongoing.