DVLA

Morning all.

Has anyone had any dealings with DVLA regarding fibro?

I saw my GP yesterday who told me I must inform them of my difficulties with mobility and the pain i'm in when moving.

I did as he suggested as I don't want to be breaking the law by not doing so and they are sending a form for me to complete. They have told me to follow my GP's guidelines in the meantime, which are to use my common sense and don't drive If I don't feel up to it. Which I wouldn't anyway and am housebound most days.

So scared they are going to stop me from driving as this is my only lifeline.

Love and light

Julie x

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  • Hi Julieanne45

    Did your GP say you must not drive? If he didn't then be guided by your instincts. You know when it would be dangerous on the road due to your mobility and/or medication, so you are already restricting yourself.

    If you can do an emergency stop quickly and safely then I don't really think you have a problem.

    It would be different if you were having sudden blackouts, suffered from heart problems, had epilepsy or diabetes. These conditions have to be reported to the DVLA.

    If you think of the number of people who have cars on the Motobility Scheme, you can see it is not really an issue.

    X

  • Hi.....that's a difficult one! Did your GP suggest that because of the meds you are on or some other condition? I can only say that as your doctor suggested that you inform them, fill out the form and hope for the best.....Not very helpful I'm afraid....Maybe someone else has a better answer....Hope it all turns out okay for you....x

  • Fibromyalgia is not on the DVSA list. BUT if you feel unfit for any reason you must declare it. There may be something associated with, but not part of fibro that affects your ability to drive.

    gov.uk/browse/driving/drivi...

  • Wow Julieanne45 I'm as surprised as bluebell99 at this. As I understood it to be exactly as she says. I know you are only allowed a certain ammount of morphine in your system to be safe to drive but if you are used to even this drug, you feel safe to drive, it's you that makes that decision.

    Maybe it's a new thing, another ploy to reign in disability cars lol So basically he is saying, you have to inform the dvla that you have pain, I find that quite astonishing. Oh I do hope its ok and i can't see how they can stop you driving because you have pain, I'm not being funny but I've seen ppl.drive with a neck brace on before now.

    Do keep us informed Julie & wishing you well, don't worry 😉

    Peace, luv n light

    Jan xx

  • I would think the GP is covering himself, particularly if you have mobility issues. As others as said perhaps he is wondering if you could perform an emergency stop as that's what they usually say, if you can do that it's ok. Fill the form in, and hopefully it'll be ok, I saw someone with an eye patch get behind the wheel the other day! loads of people in my area with adapted mobility cars but better safe than sorry. Good luck, hope it turns out ok for you.

  • Hi Julie

    My doc has never advised me not to drive but the medication does.

    I have never informed DVLA because your driving licence is so handy at proving your I'd. Who wants to carry their passport around.

    I have not been behind the wheel since having fibro about 5 years ago. I know I am not fit to drive due to my fibro fog and delayed reaction. I miss it so much though.

    If it is your lifeline angel just use your common sense. You know if your able to or not.

    Good luck and take care xx

  • I did query it initially and they said fibro wasn't on their list. They intimated that eithma y medications it is according to the dosage you are on and how it affects your personal ability to drive. I am on quite a cocktail and if I up the dose for any reason or feel I have a flare I don't drive as I know I would feel too out of it. When starting any new meds I don't drive u til I know how they affect me. I no longer drive long distances and would only drive a distance if I had another driver with me who could take over if so got very tired and stiff. I do drive shirt distances as having a car is a means of keeping our independence. I make sure my little car is in tip top condition that the seat is positioned just right etc and I feel okay. I think it is a matter of people's common sense as long as the GP feels you would be safe and your medication doesn't say not to drive..

  • Thank you all for that. I aren't on any meds at the moment so i'm very confused. I'Llewellyn keep you all informed xx

    Julie x

  • Hi my friend

    I have not driven in years but I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck, and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

  • I did declared my mobility problems to the DVLA too (as required by law), not too much to worry about, just filled in the form and ticked the box that my physical problems don't interfere with my driving abilities. Hope you get it sorted soon. Try not to worry about it, it's an easy form to fill in. Take care

  • And don't forget to tell your insurance company that you have medical conditions but it's not on the dvla delcararation list.

    If your fibro does not effect your driving and your drugs do not affect your driving then why stop.

    If an adverage person thinks your driving is unsafe then don't drive.

    Do you get beeped at do u fall asleep or get tired while driving

  • Hi Neonking

    I never get peeped at or fall asleep.

    Julie

  • I no longer drive. I gave up when I was diagnosed with cataracts, and even though my sight markedly improved after the operations, I did not feel my sight was adequate for driving, something which has now come true as My sight is deteriorating again quite quickly. I would hate to risk injuring or killing somebody on the roads.

  • Hello,

    My default position is to apply common sense. I suspect that the DVLA will be expecting the form to be completed and returned now that you have made contact. Be honest when completing the form.

    It may be that your GP thinks that you need adaptations needed to drive your car. You must tell the DVLA about these, e.g. Hand controls.

    Most people are sensible and if they do not feel well enough to drive then they don't, whether they are disabled or not.

    It is the few that should not be on the road for whatever reason that cause problems.

    Best wishes,

    Dave

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