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Elderly drivers risking fines by not declaring illnesses

More than a million older motorists are risking being fined by not declaring disabilities or illnesses to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Many do not realise they have to disclose information about diabetes, heart conditions and other mobility issues that may affect their ability to drive.

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Elderly drivers risking fines by not declaring illnesses

More than a million older motorists are risking being fined by not declaring disabilities or illnesses to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Many do not realise they have to disclose information about diabetes, heart conditions and other mobility issues that may affect their ability to drive.

Just like mobility equipment and independent stairlift choices within the home, holding a driving licence can be a huge asset to those with mobility difficulties aged over 55, giving them the independence to get from A to B, whether to visit friends or travel to the shops.

However, research founded by major insurance company Direct Line Car Insurance found that almost three in 10 motorists aged 65 and over have medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes and visual impairment which need to be declared to the DVLA.

Furthermore, more than a million of those with a physical condition that could affect the ability of their driving have failed to keep their licence up to date and are risking a £1,000 fine and points on their licence.  

The research also found that more than half failed to notify the DVLA of their medical conditions because they believed that it would not affect their ability behind the wheel.

Gus Park, director of Motor Insurance told the Express: “Regardless of age, drivers who have a notifiable or worsening medical condition or disability must disclose this to the DVLA and also to their insurer to stay within the law.

“If you have a medical condition and need to surrender your licence, do so voluntarily as it may mean you can start driving again sooner. If your licence is revoked or refused for medical reasons, you must wait for the DVLA to say you can start driving again.”

If you are unsure whether you have a medical condition that needs to be updated onto your driving licence, you can check the DVLA website.

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