The DVLA has finally published a consultation proposing to relax UK laws that would allow people treated for diabetes to become HGV Drivers.
The consultation document has been made available just days after MP Charles Kennedy described the current regulations as “utterly inconsistent” with European rules.Transport Minister Mike Penning says: “We have taken expert advice on the latest evidence on eyesight, epilepsy and diabetes and believe these proposals strike the right balance in allowing as many people as possible to drive, without compromising safety.
We would welcome views from anyone affected by the changes and will consider all representations before setting out our final decisions.”The proposals include allowing anyone treated with insulin injections to control their diabetes to be considered for an HGV licence, providing strict medical monitoring is met.
HGV drivers who have lost their licences due to being diagnosed with the medical condition have spent almost 20 years fighting for the right to regain their Group 2 driving entitlement.The consultation runs until 28 April and can be found on the DfT website
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