Driving: Visual Impairment

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th May 2018.

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Photo of Darren Jones Darren Jones Labour, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions has he had with Cabinet colleagues on the suggestion of the Secretary of State for Tranport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel that a period of up to three months driving tuition be offered prior to a visual exceptional case group 1 driving assessment.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

There has been no discussion between the Secretary of State for Transport and Cabinet colleagues on this issue. However, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has adopted the Panel’s recommendation.

The DVLA’s doctors will consider each case to determine the appropriate amount of time the individual needs for training and re-familiarisation prior to the driving assessment. A provisional disability driving licence will then be issued for that period, up to a maximum of three months, to those that meet the exceptional case criteria.

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