A call for evidence on driver licensing for people with medical conditions has been launched by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Fleet News reports.

The article states that the DVLA will assess the fitness to drive of individuals with medical conditions and makes licensing decisions to make sure that driving licences are only issued to those who meet the required medical standards.

In the forward to the call for evidence, Richard Holden, minister for roads and local transport, says that, while many factors contribute to road safety, the health and fitness of drivers is a very important consideration.

“A range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments can affect an individual’s ability to safely control a vehicle,” explained Holden.

“As the volume and complexity of driving licence applications or renewals where the applicant has one or more medical condition increases, the Government believes that the time is right to review the existing legal framework.

“However, we recognise that there are many people and organisations with a wide range of expertise that might have views or ideas that they wish to share and that is why we are launching this call for evidence.

“We want to understand any opportunities for change in this area and we need your help with that.”

He added: “The aim of this call for evidence is to tap into a wide range of experience, views, and research to help us to identify areas where policy or legislative changes may be able to improve outcomes for drivers and other road users.”

For more information, please see the full article here: Fitness to drive rules examined with DVLA call for evidence | Tax and legislation (fleetnews.co.uk)