Driving: Diabetes

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) continuous glucose monitor sensors and (b) flash glucose monitoring to (i) assess glucose levels and (ii) validate a diabetic’s fitness to drive.

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

The guidance on the use of new monitoring technologies for people with diabetes was updated on 15 February and is available online at: www.gov.uk/guidance/diabetes-mellitus-assessing-fitness-to-drive#diabetes-mellitus. It was decided that the testing of interstitial fluid can be permitted for driving licensing purposes for people with diabetes who drive cars or motorcycles. Drivers of goods vehicles and buses must continue to monitor blood glucose levels as stipulated in EU and GB law.

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