Hi. I never realised I had to inform DVLA of my brain injury. I have been extremely lucky in that I dont have any physical disabilities eg left or right side of my bidy etc. It never occurred to me to tell DVLA. It was only when I was looking at Facebook and read a Headway posting about it. I'm going to my Headway tomorrow so that they can help me with the phonecall but I was wondering if anyone else has experience of this ? Did you have to stop driving, what questions were you asked etc etc. I only drive locally as too anxious to drive anywhere else. If I need to go anywhete else a Buddy from Headway takes me.
DVLA: Hi. I never realised I had to inform DVLA of... - Headway
You brain injury may not affect your ability to drive but you do legally have to inform the DVLA. If you don't and you are involved in an accident you will invalidate your insurance. Even if you are not to blame your medical notes will be checked and you could end up getting blamed! There are actually lots of conditions that the DVLA should be advised about but it doesn't always mean you will be stopped from driving. Obviously with a brain injury it can affect your ability to process the road information and response time etc etc. It's not about physical disability but cognitive damage. If your brain injury has resulted in epilepsy then you have to be 'fit free' for a year before you can apply to get your licence back. If you go onto the DVLA website you will find the list of conditions that have to be notified and what to do. On the gov.uk website you can do the initial notification online.
This is off the gov.uk website -
You need to tell DVLA about some medical conditions as they can affect your driving.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.
You must give up your licence if either:
your doctor tells you to stop driving for 3 months or more
you don’t meet the required standards for driving because of your medical condition
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)
Balloon angioplasty (leg)
Brachial plexus injury
Brain abscess, cyst or encephalitis
Brain injury (traumatic)
Branch retinal vein occlusion
Broken limbs and driving
Burr hole surgery
Carotid artery stenosis
Chronic aortic dissection
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery bypass or disease
Diplopia (double vision)
Grand mal seizures
Heart valve disease or replacement valve
High blood pressure
Hypoxic brain damage
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
Ischaemic heart disease
Left bundle branch block
Lewy body dementia
Low blood sugar
Malignant brain tumours
Manic depressive psychosis
Memory problems (severe)
Motor neurone disease
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Peripheral arterial disease
Petit mal seizures
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sight in one eye only
Sleepiness (excessive daytime)
Spinal problems and injuries and driving
Temporal lobe epilepsy
Tonic clonic fits
Transient global amnesia
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
Valve disease or replacement valve
Vision in one eye only
Visual acuity (reduced)
Visual field defects
After my concussion I notified the DVLA and they rescinded my licence for 6 Months due to double vision and the risk of black outs.
I had to fill out 2 forms, I think one just covered my meds as I take nortriptyline and it can make you drowsy. I had to provide all the evidence from Doctors and an driver eye test to get my license back. DVLA have also removed my entitlement to drive a minibus and LGW.
The general advise seems to be to consult your GP first and if they say you are okay to drive then get a letter and send it in with the forms.
Not sure about doing it via the phone. I am sure Headway will know more.
Thanks for all your feedback. Nobody has ever said to me to not drive. Headway helped me fill out the declaration form today and online it says you can continue to drive until you get the decision from DVLA which should take about 6 weeks. Since my AVM i have mental fatigue and cognitively a little slower.
You may well be allowed to continue driving but from everything you've said I wouldn't want my daughter in your car. You really need to consider how complex driving a car is and the risk involved if your abilities are compromised.
I'd not be told not to drive but I returned my license as there was no way I would have had my 7 year old daughter as a passenger.
As I know I'd be a risk to others I've never considered seeking a new license, even though it's very inconvenient