Driving: Autism

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th March 2019.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the evidential basis was for the DVLA's decision to classify autism spectrum disorders as a condition which must be declared.

Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the DVLA has taken to ensure that people with autism spectrum disorders are aware of the recent changes that mean they need to declare their diagnosis.

Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which stakeholder groups the DVLA engaged with when deciding that autistic spectrum disorders needed to be declared.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

There has been some confusion as a result of a good-faith attempt by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to remove some inconsistency in relation to the longstanding guidance for drivers with an autism spectrum disorder. The online advice for both drivers and medical professionals now makes clear that drivers with an autism spectrum disorder are only under an obligation to tell the DVLA if their condition could affect their driving. This has been communicated via social and other media.

The DVLA regularly engages with charities representing the needs of drivers with medical conditions to ensure their views are considered.

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