It is a difficult time for any driver to have your driving licence revoked due to epilepsy. Driving has become very important tool for many people, so you’ll no doubt want to keep your driving licence, so that you can transport family, commute to work and/or work through driving. If you get a medical revocation of driving licence due to epilepsy and you believe you are still fit to drive, please contact Caddick Davies Solicitors.
Our team of lawyers specialise in motoring law cases throughout the UK. Our experts will be able to offer the required legal services, be it advice or representation. It is important to understand that drivers who are both Group 1 (car, motorbike and moped drivers) and Group 2 (lorries, coaches, buses and other large vehicles) licence holders are required to meet epilepsy driving rules before holding licences to drive. Also note that if you have epilepsy, there are certain things that can lead you to lose your driving licence.
Should you suffer from any kind of seizure, you will be required to stop driving and inform the DVLA. You must complete a Declaration of Surrender for Medical Reasons form as you return your licence to the DVLA. This is after you and your GP ruling out the seizures as not provoked, or those that meet the criteria for permitted seizures. If you are a Group 2 licence holder you must also complete a VOC99 form. Take care to keep a copy of what you send to the DVLA for your records. Informing the DVLA about epilepsy-related seizures is important, as it speeds up the process of applying for a new one. It also keeps you away from having your licence revoked and you being fined.
Certain laws apply when it comes to epilepsy and driving licence. Our motoring solicitors at Caddick Davies advise you to reapply for your licence up to 8 weeks prior to the date that you met the legal standards for driving. This, for most people, will fall around 12 months after their last seizure, but is determined by the type of seizure you have.
So, check with your doctor, and if they find you fit to drive again and if you meet the epilepsy driving rules, you can begin the process of reapplying. If you have a case where you want to appeal the revocation of a driving licence, then you can speak to our solicitors at Caddick Davies about pursuing this.
Requirements of the Driving Agency when reapplying for driving licence revoked due to epilepsy
The DVLA will require you to fill out a medical questionnaire yourself and give details of your seizures. Under epilepsy driving laws, you also need to provide contact details of your GP or Medical specialist, as well as permit the DVLA to enquire about your fitness to drive. Everything you need to reapply for a driving licence after it gets revoked on medical grounds is found in a D1 pack (for Group 1 drivers) and D2 pack (for Group 2 drivers). These can be collected from Post Office branches across England and Wales and sent by fax or by post to the Drivers Medical Group.
As mentioned earlier, surrendering your driving licence speeds up the process of reapplying of driving licence. You can usually start driving as soon as you meet the standards under epilepsy driving laws. For those whose licences have been revoked, you will need to wait until all medical enquiries are complete, unless you believe you have grounds to appeal.
If the DVLA revokes your licence or refuses your reapplication for a licence, you can pursue an appeal against their decision. Only do it through qualified and reliable motoring law specialists and within 6 months of the decision by the DVLA. Our team at Caddick Davies can help you make an appeal in writing to the Magistrates Court. We will advise you on how to collect medical details from your GP to prove your fitness to drive.
Having advised thousands of clients in the UK in recent years, we have the expertise and experience to give you a strong chance of a favourable outcome related to medical revocation of a driving licence due to epilepsy. Call us on 0151 280 3346 or email us through our website. You can also request a callback. We offer a free initial no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case, explore available options and inform you honestly of the best legal steps to take.