Danger of Drivers Not Admitting Medical Conditions – More than one million drivers over the age of 65 have not told the DVLA they have a serious medical condition and are risking fines, prosecutions and the safety of other road users.
That’s the finding of recent research, which reveals 28% of older motorists have medical conditions such as visual impairments, diabetes, heart conditions or epilepsy that must be disclosed to the licensing agency, but 49% haven’t bothered.
Of this figure, 57% say they have kept it quiet because they don’t think it has affected their driving.
12% claim they weren’t aware of this obligation to tell anyone they were a serious danger to everyone else on the road.
More than a quarter are being coy about their medical coyness and cite “other reasons”.
This would be terrifying if…no, there’s no if; it’s just terrifying.
But the report by Direct Line Car Insurance claims these over-65s are not alone in driving without a valid licence; it estimates 24% of all drivers have so-called notifiable conditions but 9% have not disclosed it to the DVLA.
You don’t need to look too far to find out the consequences of withholding this sort of information.
Last year, a fatal accident inquiry found that the Glasgow bin lorry crash, which led to the deaths of three people, could have been avoided if the driver had not lied about his history of blackouts.
“Regardless of age, drivers that have a notifiable or worsening medical condition or disability must disclose this to the DVLA and also to their insurer to stay within the law,” says Gus Park at Direct Line.
“Even those who feel their physical status won’t affect their driving must still disclose their condition, as failing to do so means they risk a hefty fine and even prosecution if they have an accident.”
If you have committed a motoring offence due to an undisclosed medical condition contact our specialist motoring solicitors for advice on 0800 046 3066