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Driving and Menieres (UK)
People often ask about how their driving licence is affected by Meniere's. In the UK you are required by law to inform the DVLA and where asked medical questions by your insurance company. But before you panic about losing your licence, or increased insurance premiums read on.
The English Law as quoted from the DVLA
The DVLA say
4. Other medical conditions
• Meniere’s, or any other sudden and disabling vertigo within the past 1 year, with a liability
The relevant question relates to the previous year.....have you had...
"(b) Sudden and disabling dizziness/vertigo within the last 1 year with a liability to recur
The DVLA will then assess the completed form and your specialists comments. Your licence could be left as it is, or the expiration date amended to allow for periodic reviews on your health, e.g. your licence may be restricted to 1 to 3 years for review. Of course they could also withdraw your licence or amend it say previously you had an HG licence etc.
When the Disability Discrimination act came into force in 1996 it stipulated that you could not be refused insurance or have your premium excessively bumped up unless the insurance company could provide actual evidence to show the condition you have carries a greater risk. many insurance companies do not ask you medical questions as by law you should only hold a licence if you can do so. however some companies will ask so if you do find your insurance company does increase your premium, be sure to shop around or request this evidence. Remember if you do not declare this information you are committing an offence and any insurance claims null and void.
To kick things off tell the DVLA your driver no, full name and date of birth
I have recently advised the DVLA myself, see my diary for how that went!