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Driving entitlement changes belatedly announced by DVLA

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Anyone who passed their driving test before 1 January 1997 would normally also have received entitlement to drive vehicles and minibuses weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes. This appears as categories C1 and D1 on licences issues after 1 April 1990. For licences issued before then, it appears as Group A or B. However, if you suffer from diabetes then this entitlement was automatically withdrawn and you were limited to driving vehicles up to 3,500kg only.

There was a change in legislation  from 15 November 2011 that stated anyone who was under insulin control for diabetes could apply to renew their C1 and D1 entitlements. To regain this entitlement, or avoid losing it if recently diagnosed with diabetes, you must apply and meet the higher medical standards applicable to professional bus and lorry drivers. Evidence that you can meet the higher standard is required in the form of a medical report (D4) which must be taken to a doctor who will examine you and complete the form. This carries a charge you must pay so it’s worth checking that you are going to be able to meet the requirements on the Government website at www.direct.gov.uk/driverhealth. D2 and D4 forms can be obtained from the DVLA.

The reason why this is news now is that the DVLA has only just got around to sending out information letters  to many people who had their entitlement withdrawn due to diabetes. Anyone in this position who wants to drive motorhomes with upgraded chassis to create more payload for example should check to see if they can pass the medical requirement to regain their licence entitlement.

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