Driving: Eyesight

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the DVLA plans to implement the European Commission's advice on lifting that authority's prohibition on driving for people who experience night-time hypoglycaemia.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) led a campaign to change European legislation to exclude hypoglycaemic attacks while sleeping or “night-time hypoglycaemia” as a bar to driving. A proposal for a Commission Directive was submitted through the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness Programme and is awaiting approval by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.

Member States will be required to apply the provisions from 1 January 2018.

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