Driving

Driving

It is likely that you will not be able to drive following your diagnosis.

You should check with your doctor.

If you find that you are not allowed to continue driving, the time that you have off driving is dependant on a few factors. These are the type of tumour you have and its position, whether you have seizures and if you have had surgery.

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS GROUP 1 ENTITLEMENT
ODL – CAR, M/CYCLE
GROUP 2 ENTITLEMENT
VOC – LGV/PCV

GLIOMAS & Malignant
TUMOURS (including metastatic deposits)
Supratentorial

Grade 1 and 2

1 year off driving, dating from completion of the primary treatment of the tumour.

NB. When a low grade Glioma is an incidental finding and Asymptomatic, the case can be considered on an individual basis for Group 1 driving.

Permanent refusal or revocation.

Grade 3 and 4

Metastatic deposits to be treated as a grade 4 tumour

2 years off driving after treatment, although some drivers may require a longer period. Permanent refusal or revocation.

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS GROUP 1 ENTITLEMENT
ODL – CAR, M/CYCLE
GROUP 2 ENTITLEMENT
VOC – LGV/PCV
Infratentorial tumours
Grade 1 As for benign tumours: ie. drive on recovery. Individual assessment.
Grades 2, 3 & 4 As for supratentorial tumour. Permanent refusal or revocation.
Medulloblastoma or low grade ependymoma If totally excised, can be considered for licensing 1 year after primary treatment, if free from recurrence. If entirely infratentorial, can be considered for licensing when disease-free for 5 years after treatment.
High grade ependyomamas, other primary malignant brain tumours. Normally, a period of 2 years off driving is required following treatment. Permanent refusal or revocation.
Solitary metastatic deposit If totally excised, can be considered for licensing 1 year after primary treatment if free from recurrence and no evidence of secondary spread elsewhere in the body. Permanent refusal or revocation.

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS GROUP 1 ENTITLEMENT
ODL – CAR, M/CYCLE
GROUP 2 ENTITLEMENT
VOC – LGV/PCV
MALIGNANT Intracranial TUMOURS IN CHILDREN WHO SURVIVE TO ADULT LIFE WITHOUT RECURRENCE Normally, a till 70 licence is issued/maintained. Individual assessment: see above as for ‘Benign Supratentorial Tumour’.

Your doctor has further information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and will be able to advise you.

You should notify the DVLA Adviser, Drivers Medical Unit SA99 'ITU. VLA by writing to the Medical Unit, Longview Road, Swansea. Many people find this difficult to come to terms with and it may mean changing some of your daily routines.

Driving and Epilepsy

The law on the validity of your driving licence if you are affected by epilepsy and/or brain tumours depends on the type and grade of tumour. The period of time that you will not be able to drive can be as low as one year or up to four years, if you remain Seizure-free. Your medical team should have up-to-date information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You should notify the DVLA about your condition by writing to the Medical Unit, Longview Road, Swansea, SA99 1TU. For more information, they offer a website here or email eftd@dvla.gsi.gov.uk. You can also notify the DVLA of a medical condition by telephone. Please remember to quote your full name, date of birth and or driver number (if known). You must also give details of your specific medical condition in order that you can be sent the appropriate medical questionnaire Tel: 0870 600 0301.


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