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Driving: Licensing

Transport written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to (a) amend the rules for issuing Group 2 medical licences to drivers with insulin-dependent diabetes in line with EU Directive 2009/113/EC and (b) permit insulin-dependent diabetics to obtain a Group 2 licence where, in the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner, their condition is properly controlled and they pose no risk to themselves or other road users.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The EU Directive 2009/113/EC proposes that the medical licensing standards for Group 2 (bus and lorry) drivers who have insulin treated diabetes can be relaxed. Decisions on implementing any change to the current UK licensing standards will be taken only when the responses to the public consultation announced today have been analysed.

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