The Traffic Commissioners have reminded operators that they should check if their employees suffer from a medical condition which could affect their driving and might need to be reported to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The Agency publishes a full list online (everything from Acoustic neuroma to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome) so they can check which conditions need to be reported.

This can be found at www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving and carries a warning that failure to tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects a person’s driving can result in a fine of £1000.

In some cases, such as diabetes, there is specific guidance for lorry, bus and coach drivers and this is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-for-drivers-with-diabetes.

This covers drivers with diabetes treated by diet alone and those with insulin treated diabetes who are applying for a lorry or bus entitlement.

The Traffic Commissioners said: “It’s worth pointing out that notifiable medical conditions include those which sometimes may be ‘invisible’ at first, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Professional drivers are considered a high-risk group when it comes to mental health and there is a specific form (M1V) for lorry, bus or coach drivers to use to report certain types of mental health conditions to the DVLA.

This can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/m1v-online-confidential-medical-information.

Last reviewed 30 October 2019