Drivers have been warned they face a fine of up to £1,000 for not reporting a string of medical conditions that are far from obvious.
On top of the potential fine, drivers who fail to notify the authorities and end up in an accident could also find themselves in court.
The good news is that the DVLA has a list of specific conditions it considers important enough to warrant and update.
Whilst some – such as epilepsy and head injuries – are obviously a cause for concern, others are a little more obscure.
Among the more eccentric to be included conditions such as insulin-treated diabetes and déjà vu
They frequently make the list thanks to their side effects, or the fact they could indicate a more serious underlying condition.
A spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “If you forget and are involved in an accident as a result of your health condition, it could even lead to prosecution – so it’s really imperative to make sure you’re abiding the rules.
“The rules for certain health conditions differ for bus, coach or lorry drivers, so it’s always best to double-check.”
This is what you need to watch out for:
Six conditions you are required to report
Diabetes – If you have diabetes treated by insulin and your insulin treatments last or will last more than three months you need to tell DVLA. This applies if you had gestational diabetes too. You should also let them know if you get disabling hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) or if a medical professional has told you that you’re at risk of developing it
Vertigo – If you experience dizziness that is sudden, disabling, or recurrent, you must tell DVLA. This applies to car, motorcycle, bus, coach and lorry drivers
Déjà vu – If you have seizures or epilepsy that cause déjà vu you need to tell DVLA. Déjà vu is a neurological anomaly related to epileptic electrical discharge in the brain, creating a strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past. You should talk to your doctor if you’re not sure if your déjà vu is related to seizures or epilepsy
Sleep apnoea – There are several sleep disorders that you should tell DVLA about, including confirmed moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS), narcolepsy, cataplexy, and any other sleep condition that has caused excessive sleepiness for at least three months. You should also notify them if you’re taking medication that has caused excessive sleepiness for three months
Labyrinthitis – You must tell DVLA if you have labyrinthitis, which is an inner ear disorder that can cause dizziness, nausea, and loss of hearing
Heart palpitations – If you regularly have heart palpitations – heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable and may feel like pounding, fluttering, or irregular beating – the DVLA require you to inform them