Reapplying for a driving licence following a medical condition

Driving is an integral part of many people’s lives, providing us with independence and convenience every day. However, for people with medical conditions such as epilepsy or a heart condition, their ability to drive can be affected with severe consequences.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) aims to prevent accidents by closely monitoring the driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, therefore medical conditions that affect your ability to drive a vehicle can, unfortunately, result in your licence being revoked or you having to voluntarily surrender your driving licence. Typically, this will involve the DVLA getting in touch with your GP and any other relevant medical professionals. Should the information given suggest that your licence requires revocation, the DVLA will inform you of this.

However, there is a process to reapply following the revocation of a licence as a result of a medical condition.

At Renshaw Derrick, we have extensive experience in this niche area of the law. Our solicitors have years of experience working with individuals, guiding them through the process of reapplying for a driving licence following a medical condition.

What Medical Conditions Can Cause a Driving Licence to be Revoked?

Medical conditions such as epilepsy, heart conditions, severe visual impairments and uncontrolled diabetes can result in your licence being revoked. This is because these conditions can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and/or be a danger to those around them.

Reapplying for a Driving Licence Following a Medical Condition

Should your licence be revoked or surrendered under medical grounds, you then have the option to reapply to get your licence back. When doing so, you’ll need to make sure that your medical condition no longer affects your ability to drive. To do this, you or your solicitor will have to obtain verified medical documents or assessments from medical professionals to prove that you are fit to drive.

You will then need to complete the form that is provided by the DVLA to reapply after having your licence revoked due to a medical condition. It is important to note that you may be required to undergo certain medical tests as part of the process.

Can I Appeal the Decision?

You have the right to appeal the DVLA’s decision to revoke your licence due to a medical condition. If you believe that the decision is wrong or unfair, there is a specific time frame allowed for you to appeal this. To do so, you will need to present medical evidence backing up your appeal and it is highly recommended to have the guidance of an experienced solicitor when doing so.

Can I Appeal to the Magistrates' Court?

Should your appeal to the DVLA be unsuccessful, you have the right to take the matter to the Magistrate’s Court. This gives you the option to present your case to the Magistrate’s Court, whilst including additional evidence to support your ability to drive safely.

It is highly advisable to have the support of a solicitor who is experienced in this field, as this legal process can be complicated and require a lot of documentation.

How can Renshaw Derrick help?

Reapplying for a driving licence following a medical condition involves an in-depth understanding of the legal procedures put in place by the DVLA. Whilst the process can appear overwhelming, it’s important to prioritise the safety of yourself and others by making sure that you are 100% fit to drive before reapplying.

Our solicitors at Renshaw Derrick have many years of assisting clients to reapply for a driving licence following a medical condition. We will take care of all the documentation involved on your behalf, whilst working diligently to expedite the process as much as possible. Should your reapplication fail, if you believe this decision is unjust or unfair, we are more than happy to provide representation within the Magistrate’s Court, building you a robust case with the best possible chances of securing you a positive outcome.

We understand that having your licence revoked can feel unsettling and like your independence is being taken away, which is why we approach every case with sensitivity whilst treating you with the respect you deserve. We provide guidance that is tailored to your specific circumstances, supporting you through every step of the reapplication process.

Speak to our solicitors in Bournemouth

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