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Driving: Epilepsy

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences were (a) surrendered and (b) withdrawn following driving accidents caused by epileptic fits in each of the last five years. (199401)

Data are not available in relation to instances when driving accidents have occurred. Data are only available on the overall number of licences surrendered to, or revoked by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on the grounds of epilepsy in calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. The data are broken down to ordinary (car/bike) and vocational (lorry/bus) driving entitlement. The data relate to cases where in the majority of instances, the driver themselves have notified their condition to DVLA.

Ordinary entitlementVocational entitlement

Revocation

Surrender

Revocation

Surrender

2004

1,645

1,290

385

37

2005

1,834

1,421

396

42

2006

1,725

1,327

324

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she last issued guidance on driving and epilepsy. (199402)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) issued guidance, including guidance on epilepsy and driving, in February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents caused by an epileptic fit on the part of a driver there were in 2007. (199403)

Information on the number of accidents caused by drivers with specific medical conditions is not collected. Figures relating to reported personal injury road accidents in 2007 will not be available until the end of June 2008.