Last reviewed 5 July 2022
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) legislative reform order is to allow medical practitioners such as chiropractors, opticians and midwives to give fitness-to-drive medical evidence to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
At the moment, only doctors registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) can give evidence to the DVLA to help with decisions on whether a person with a medical condition is fit to drive.
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee (BEIS) recently gave the go-ahead for the proposals, which will see the DfT’s legislative reform order, which can amend legislation without needing a parliamentary bill, to allow medical practitioners from the following bodies to give information to the DVLA.
The General Chiropractic Council.
The General Optical Council.
The General Osteopathic Council.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Health and Care Professions Council.
The BEIS committee report, Draft Legislative Reform (Provisionof Information Relating to Disabilities) Order 2022, said the measure would “remove a burden which currently rests solely with doctors and will provide greater flexibility to individual GP surgeries and hospital teams”.
The first phase of the plan will mean that the DVLA will still have to seek information from GMC-registered doctors, but they will be able to recommend that the DVLA also obtains input from practitioners from the other five fields.
In the second phase, patients will contact the more relevant health professional directly for evidence to send to the DVLA.
The Government consulted from 8 November 2021 to 6 December 2021 on the change in its document, Amending the Road Traffic Act 1988 to Allow Registered Healthcare Professionals to Complete DVLA Medical Questionnaires, to which the Government published a consultation report and summary of responses on 12 May 2022.