COVID-19 and the impact on Driving Licence Medical Revocation

As all aspects of life are changing our driving licence become more vital than ever before, especially for the most vulnerable / at risk. Our car becomes our bubble of protection when we need to go out for essential supplies and legitimate reasons, for example medical appointments.

We can help you if you are being threatened with medical revocation due to an illness / on-going medical condition and you are finding it more difficult to get your licence back because you cannot get an approved Doctor to have an appointment with you in order to provide a report reassuring the DVLA that you are safe to drive.

For those of you expecting to have your licences returned following a drink drive, drug drive or failing to provide a specimen of breath convictions we appreciate you need to be back on the road as soon as possible after the ban end, but the Coronavirus locked down may make this more difficult and mean that you are unable to drive way beyond the end of your disqualification.

If you are classed as a high risk offender the DVLA may require you to have a medical before your licence is returned. A high risk offender is defined as follows:

1. Someone convicted of a second drink drive offence within a 10 year period;
2. Someone who provided a reading of at least 87.5 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, 200 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, or 267.5 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine;
3. Someone who refused to give the police a sample of breath, blood or urine to test for alcohol; or finally,
4. Someone who refused to allow their sample of your blood to be tested for alcohol

If you fall into one of the above categories the DVLA will send you for assessment with one of their approved doctors so they can make sure you are not drug or alcohol dependant. Herein lies the problem. With the country in lockdown the DVLA have suspended all medical appointments.

If you want to deal with deal with this yourself and you have already made an application to have your licence returned to you then contact the DVLA and ask them to leave the application open until the some sense of normality returns and you can book your appointment.

If you are due to make an application to have your licence returned then hold off – it’s better to wait and know you are going to get an appointment for a medical than your application being refused outright.

Unfortunately, the DVLA will not return your licence until you have fulfilled all their criteria and been certified as fit to drive.

If you are having problems then please contact us urgently using the contact us link below.