How many driving licences are revoked each year on medical grounds?

The number of motorists over the age of 70 having licences revoked for medical reasons has soared, according to new statistics.

Almost 22,500 elderly drivers had their licences taken away last year – which is 142 per cent higher than the number rescinded on medical grounds in 2010.

That’s according to figures obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency following a Freedom of Information request by the Times.

It comes after Prince Philip’s crash near the Queen’s private home at Sandringham in Norfolk earlier in the year.

The number of driving licences revoked from motorists over the age of 70 rose 152% between 2010 and last year. Licences taken away from drivers of all ages on medical grounds were up 117% over the same period

‘For many older people, driving is crucial to maintaining independence so it’s important that they should not be prevented from getting behind the wheel by their age alone,’ Abrahams told the Times. 

Drivers legally need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency if they’ve suffered from strokes, epilepsy or visual impairment before being deemed fit to take control of a car on British roads.

However, there are some conditions in particular that many people don’t know they need to tell the DVLA about before hitting the road – including deja vu and eating disorders.

You can see the full list of medical conditions you need to notify the DVLA about having if it has an impact on your capacity to drive a vehicle, 

The Department for Transport said the issue of older drivers would be addressed in a ‘refreshed road safety statement’ that was due to be published later this year.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS THE DVLA LISTS THAT COULD AFFECT YOUR DRIVING

Absence seizures

Acoustic neuroma

Addison’s disease

Agoraphobia

AIDS

Alcohol problems

Alzheimer’s disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amputations

Angina

Angioma

Angioplasty

Ankylosing spondylitis

Anorexia nervosa

Anxiety

Aortic aneurysm

Arachnoid cyst

Arnold-Chiari malformation

Arrhythmia

Atrial defibrillator

Arteriovenous malformation

Arthritis

Asperger syndrome

Ataxia

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)

Balloon angioplasty (leg)

Bipolar disorder

Blackouts

Blepharospasm

Blood clots

Blood pressure

Brachial plexus injury

Brain abscess, cyst or encephalitis

Brain aneurysm

Brain angioma

Brain haemorrhage

Brain injury (traumatic)

Brain tumours

Branch retinal vein occlusion

Broken limbs and driving

Burr hole surgery

Caesarean section

Cancer

Cataracts

Catheter ablation

Cardiac problems

Carotid artery stenosis

Cataplexy

Cerebral palsy

Chronic aortic dissection

Cognitive problems

Congenital heart disease

Convulsions

Coronary artery bypass or disease

Coronary angioplasty

Cystic fibrosis

Deafness

Defibrillator

Déjà vu

Dementia

Depression

Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy

Diplopia (double vision)

Dizziness

Drug misuse

Eating disorders

Empyema (brain)

Epilepsy

Essential tremor

Fainting

Fits

Fractured skull

Friedreich’s ataxia

Giddiness (recurring)

Glaucoma

Global amnesia

Grand mal seizures

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Head injury

Heart attack

Heart arrhythmia

Heart failure

Heart murmurs

Heart palpitations

Heart valve disease or replacement valve

Hemianopia

High blood pressure

HIV

Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Huntington’s disease

Hydrocephalus

Hypertension

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Hypoglycaemia

Hypoxic brain damage

Hysterectomy

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Intracerebral haemorrhage

Ischaemic heart disease

Kidney dialysis

Kidney problems

Korsakoff’s syndrome

Labyrinthitis

Learning difficulties

Left bundle branch block

Leukaemia

Lewy body dementia

Limb disability

Low blood sugar

Lumboperitoneal shunt

Lung cancer

Lymphoma

Macular degeneration

Malignant brain tumours

Malignant melanoma

Manic depressive psychosis

Marfan syndrome

Medulloblastoma

Memory problems (severe)

Meningioma

Mini-stroke

Monocular vision

Motor neurone disease

Multiple sclerosis

Myasthenia gravis

Myocardial infarction

Myoclonus

Narcolepsy

Night blindness

Nystagmus

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Optic atrophy

Optic neuritis

Pacemakers

Palpitations

Paranoia

Paranoid schizophrenia

Paraplegia

Parkinson’s disease

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral neuropathy

Personality disorder

Petit mal seizures

Pituitary tumour

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Psychosis

Psychotic depression

Renal dialysis

Retinal treatment

Retinopathy

Schizo-affective disorder

Schizophrenia

Scotoma

Seizures

Sight in one eye only

Sleep apnoea

Sleepiness (excessive daytime)

Spinal problems and injuries and driving

Stroke

Subarachnoid haemorrhage

Surgery

Syncope

Tachycardia

Temporal lobe epilepsy

Tonic clonic fits

Tourette’s syndrome

Transient global amnesia

Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

Tunnel vision

Usher syndrome

Valve disease or replacement valve

Ventricular defibrillator

Vertigo

Vision in one eye only

Visual acuity (reduced)

Visual field defects

VP shunts

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

 Source: Gov.uk