Driving: Autism

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the guidance that drivers with autism must notify the DVLA regardless of whether the condition affects their driving was on the DVLA website before it was amended; and how many drivers contacted the DVLA to inform them of their condition during that time period.

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

There was inconsistent advice on GOV.UK concerning the need for drivers with autism to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of their condition. Attempts to clarify the guidance on 15 February caused confusion and the website was amended on 4 March.

The DVLA is currently assessing each case as some will have notified their condition because it affects their driving or they may have notified other medical conditions. The number of people who contacted the DVLA as a result of this issue is low. The DVLA will be writing to each of these drivers to confirm whether their condition affects their driving and only if it does will medical investigations be undertaken.

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