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DVLA & T2 INSULIN DRIVERS

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Sassco, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Sassco

    Sassco · Well-Known Member

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    Just downloaded the DVLA form for completion & OMG can't believe how intrusive it is. If completed correctly I may have my license suspended. I've got to get reports from my GP, my hospital consultant, my Optician AND possibly undergo a medical by a DVLA nominated GP. I'll probably also incur higher insurance premiums if I'm allowed to continue driving. They don't tell you all that when they put you on insulin. I also have to ensure I have digital records for the last 3 months of my levels, for inspection. I've only ever had a hypo once on tablets (which incidentally doesn't count because I wasn't on insulin). Should I fill it out at all. I'm careful & take readings before I drive & only drive locally never longer than 30mins. What should I do?
     
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    Ann19 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You must fill it in honestly. If you omit to tell them of something then it may mean your insurance won't be valid if anything happens. It is there to protect you and other road users. Not everyone is as well controlled as yourself so you shouldn't have anything to worry about, just ensure that your GP fills it in correctly, there is a thread on the forum where a GP filled it in wrongly and it took several months to sort out and get their licence reinstated.

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  3. Sassco

    Sassco · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ann I know that makes sense. I just feel like I'm being punished for being on Insulin.
     
  4. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    You must fill it in, if you don't and have an accident then your licence will be invalid ,as will your insurance.
    Have you got the right form?
    If you are the driver of a bus, coach or lorry or 'large vehicle then you wouldn't have had a chance at a licence a few months ago and you will need records going back 3 months plus a specific medical

    From what you've written though it sounds as if you are a car driver.
    I don't think many get called for a specific medical (never heard of one except for vision when there has been a problem but I suppose it could happen if they can't get a report from your doctor ... (eg if I tried to renew my UK licence they might do it since I have no UK doctor)
    Have you got the correct form and the guidance as to how to complete it?
    DIAB1 and Guide to DIAB1 https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving
    If you've only ever had one hypo, then no problem. Even if there were more
    Note that is needed, not just a kind OH getting the glucose tablets for you.

    The number plate test is the same as for all drivers
    and the rest of the eye questions should be a no, unless you have loss of vision to an eye, laser for retinopathy or cataracts.
     
  5. Ian H

    Ian H · Member

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    i have just found out i'm type (oral meds) and my hgv medical form now has a vision page to be filled in by an optition luckily i have an eye test booked ... so yes there is a section on the new d4 form
     
  6. Sassco

    Sassco · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Phoenix I drive a car & I've been driving on an auto license for over 30 years. The hypo I had was over 5 years ago (on tablets only). I was diagnosed with beginnings of Retinopathy in Jan 2012 but a recent follow up examination showed improvement (which I have in writing). The form I've downloaded is DIAB1V Online is that not the right form?
     
  7. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    No, DIAB1V is for
    You need this one
    and also download the leaflet in the link beneath " guidance on filling in the DIAB1 questionnaire in ‘A guide to filling in your DIAB1 medical form’."
    https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving
    a bit less detailed :)
     
  8. Sassco

    Sassco · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much Phoenix I've downloaded both form DIAB1 & the Guide & will read through tomorrow. You've been a great help.
     
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    Bereaved · Newbie

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    You must answer all the questions honestly and maintain checking your blood sugars before driving. You should do this even if you feel absolutely fine and never become complacent. My 29 year old son was killed by a driver who had, in the opinion of a diabetic specialist, become hypoglycaemic unaware, he had become unfit to drive without realising it.
     
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