DRIVERS in Glasgow could be fined up to £1,000 if they do not tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about a medical condition that affects their ability to drive.

The Government agency also warns that motorists could face prosecution if they’re involved in an accident as a result of not declaring a condition.

The DVLA outlines seven "notifiable conditions" that they must be informed about:

  • Diabetes or taking insulin: You must tell the DVLA if your insulin treatment lasts for more than three months, you had diabetes while pregnant and you needed treatment three months after birthm or if you get disabling hypoglycaemia i.e. low blood sugar

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  • Blackouts: Ask your doctor if your fainting (syncope) spells or loss of consciousness affect your driving. If so, the DVLA must be informed.
  • Heart conditions: The DVLA must know if you have an implanted defibrillator or are fitted with a pacemaker 
  • Sleep apnoea: This condition sees the walls of the throat relax during sleep and interrupt normal breathing.

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  • Epilepsy: You must tell the DVLA if you’ve had any epileptic attacks, seizures, fits or blackouts. If so, your licence will be taken away and you can reapply if you haven’t had an attack for at least six months to a year, depending on the type of attack.
  • Stroke: You only need to tell DVLA if you’re still having problems one month after a stroke.
  • Glaucoma: You don’t need to tell DVLA if you’re diagnosed with glaucoma in one eye and your other eye has normal vision. But you must tell the DVLA if your glaucoma affects one eye and either of the following also apply: you have a medical condition in your other eye or you can’t meet the visual standards for driving. You must tell DVLA if your glaucoma affects both eyes.

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If you or someone you know has any of the above conditions and drives, please make sure to report it to the DVLA here.

Always drive safely and keep the safety of your fellow motorists in mind.