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Epileptics (Driving Licences)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will amend the regulations relating to the granting of driving licences to people 'suffering from epilepsy.

I am today seeking the views of representative organisations on changes in the regulations which would have the following effect:

  • (a) Ordinary licences may be granted to sufferers from epilepsy who have been free from attacks for two years;
  • (b) In future licences will not be granted to applicants who have suffered from attacks while asleep during the past two years;
  • (c) However, a person who already holds or has applied for a licence on the basis that he or she has established a pattern of attacks only while asleep, for at least three years, may continue to hold a licence provided no waking attacks occur;
  • (d) Heavy goods vehicle licences may be granted to applicants who have been free from epileptic attacks after attaining the age of five years.
  • These changes have been recommended by my honorary medical advisory panel on epilepsy, and they would bring practice in Britain into line with many other countries.I am placing a copy of the consultation letter and draft regulations in the Library of the House.