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Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by Bekka, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. Bekka

    Bekka Type 2 · Member

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    I’ve just started taking Gliclazide as my blood sugars are high should I tell the DVLA and my insurance company now or wait a few weeks to see if it’s working and I stay on it?
     
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    Lyndsay444 Type 2 · Member

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    I was told you only need to bother DVLA when using insulin. I too take 240mg gliclazide daily and check my bloods before I drive.
     
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    My understanding is you have to tell the DVLA if you are on any medication which may lower your BG (not just insulin).
    If you do not you are not insured to drive.
    If you can survive without driving whilst you "trial"your new medication, you do not need to tell DVLA.
     
  4. Bekka

    Bekka Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks did you tell your insurance company?
     
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    satindoll Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Gliclazide is a tablet that can give you Hypo's so you should tell the DVLA..........failure to do so can incur a huge fine and you could lose your licence.
    You should inform your insurance company you are taking Gliclazide.........failure to do so can nullify your insurance, but it should not make any difference to your premiums or cover.
     
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  6. Bekka

    Bekka Type 2 · Member

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    I’ve just spoken to the DVLA they said as my GP hasn’t said I’m at any great risk of hypos they don’t need to take any action but they will send me a letter stating I’ve contacted them and that no action needs to be taken. Hope this information helps others on this matter as it’s a confusing one.
     
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  7. bangkokdiabetic

    bangkokdiabetic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    THE FOLLOWING I HADDOWNLOADED ON MY COMPUTER I DO NOT KNOW WHERE FROM hOPE IT HELPS!!

    Specific information can be found on the DVLA website www.dvla.gov.uk

    Applying for a licence DVLA : Driver


    Postal Address:
    Drivers Medical Unit , DVLA
    Sandringham Park
    Swansea SA7 0EE
    Tel: 0870 2400 009


    Informing your insurance company - car insurance

    For your car insurance to be valid, you MUST inform your insurance company as soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes. If your insurance company asks about diabetes you must tell them that you have it.



    They cannot however refuse cover or increase your premium unless they have evidence of increased risk. In most cases drivers with diabetes are no higher risk than any other driver. If however, your company wants to charge you a higher premium, ring around for a comparison or a better quote



    Will other types of insurance be affected by my Diabetes?

    If you held life assurance before you were diagnosed with diabetes, you do not need to declare it to your insurer for that policy. Diabetes may present problems for people looking for a new policy, including higher premiums due to the increased risk of poor health. The good news is that as your condition stablises. Choose your insurance company carefully to get the best deal.


    Maybe the best thing is to find out what insurance policies you do have and then contact :
    Diabetes UK- Financial Service for quotes that can take your diabetes into account but do not penalise you for it.


    If you have a had a heart attack, the DVLA recommend that you should not drive for four weeks afeterwards and you should notify your insurance company too.
     
  8. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    This is what the DVLA says

    Diabetes treated by tablets or non-insulin injections
    Car or motorbike licence
    Check with your doctor or nurse to find out if your treatment means you need to tell DVLA.

    If you do need to tell DVLA, fill in form DIAB1 and send it to the address on the form.

    https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving
     
  9. Lyndsay444

    Lyndsay444 Type 2 · Member

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    I have not told anyone as yet.
    My blood sugar is still far to high even on gliclazide 320mg daily so no risk as yet of a “ hypo “
    So I’m my view they don’t need to know.
     
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  10. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Is that also your doctor's view? If you haven't asked him, or discussed this with him, you may be liable to a big fine or worse ... nullified insurance cover.
     
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    Do I need to check my BS before the school run. It’s only a 15 minute, 2.5 mile round trip?
     
  12. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep, as soon as you are in charge of that vehicle even if its just to go to the corner shop!
    What meds are you on?
     
  13. satindoll

    satindoll Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you are on Insulin, Gliclazide or any "chance of a hypo" inducing drug then yes you do.
     
  14. Bernice1946

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    Metformin for years but I’ve now been prescribed Gliclazide
     
  15. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah you have to test before you start to drive
     
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    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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