DVLA policy changes to the list of eye conditions affecting drivers coming in the next few weeks.

Failure to inform the DVLA could result in a £1,000 fine and three points on a licence.


The news comes after the Association of Optometrists (AOP) raised concerns. It found problems with the published list of notifiable health conditions in October last year.

Suggestions for improvement includes making every driver in the UK who receives an eye test inform the DVLA. Currently, only those with eye conditions that could impact their driving are bound to do so.

Paying the price

If bad vision is a factor in a crash, and the driver hasn’t informed the DVLA previously, they can face a fine of  £1,000 and three points.

Failure to notify about vision loss or issues could even result in a driving ban in more serious cases.

AOP believe it is why it is important for the guidance to be clear and specific. Those with medical conditions that affect driving need to update the DVLA of their condition.

Moreover, insurers Quotezone have identified other conditions that could prevent motorists from legally taking to the road or invalidate their insurance.

Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone.co.uk, said: “It is important for all drivers to be aware of the medical conditions DVLA needs to be aware of.

“Many of the conditions named by the DVLA won’t actually affect your ability to drive, but they do need to be kept up to date with any changes.

“Taking all precautions to be safe on the road is extremely important and drivers must play their part to ensure their well being and the wellbeing of other road users is protected to the best of their knowledge.”

On the list

The DVLA has an extensive list of over 110 conditions that can affect driving. Some motorists are likely to be unaware of all of these conditions or the extent to which they can affect driving ability.

Wilson said some lesser known conditions can carry an increased risk and therefore insurance premiums can be higher.

Some ailments can result in the driver’s licence being revoked.

He said: “They need to inform both the DVLA and their insurance provider, since having inaccurate details on the insurance policy can void the insurance and leave drivers unprotected.”

Drivers can report their eye condition online to the DVLA here.

Some relevant health conditions to the DVLA

1. Syncope

Syncope is a condition that causes a temporary loss of consciousness. Fainting conditions and blackouts, must be reported to the DVLA.

2. Certain operations

Operations on certain body parts, including your legs, can exempt you from driving. A doctor should inform you if so.

3. Heart conditions

Any heart conditions must be reported to the DVLA. For example, arrythmia, as it can affect the ability to safely stop a car, and can be distracting.

4. Stroke

After having a stroke it is possible that you may be able to drive again in the future, but initially you must stop driving for one month after having a stroke. If you have returned back to normal health after a month, you can start driving again, however the DVLA needs to be informed if health problems still persist for longer than a month after the stroke.

5. Vertigo

Recurrent or sudden dizziness must be reported to the DVLA as it may effect your ability to remain safe on the roads.