Question 1 : Q: I’ve just been diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes and the consultant has told me I need to tell the DVLA. Do I really have to do this? I don’t want to give up driving or end up paying high insurance premiums.
A: The law states that if a person has glaucoma in both eyes they must advise the DVLA. People often worry that they will lose their licence once they are diagnosed with glaucoma, but many people with glaucoma retain their licence and pass the standards expected of the DVLA. Your car premium won’t go up either. If you don’t advise the DVLA and you’re involved in a car accident, whether it’s your fault or someone else’s, you will only be covered third party, and you can be fined £1000 and have your licence revoked.
Question 2 : Q: I’ve just been diagnosed with Ocular Hypertension. Do I need to advise the DVLA?
A: If you have been diagnosed with Ocular Hypertension there is no need to advise the DVLA. Ocular Hypertension is when there is high pressure within the eye with no signs of glaucoma.
Question 3 : Q: I’ve just been diagnosed with glaucoma in one eye. Do I tell the DVLA?
A: If you have only been diagnosed with glaucoma in one eye and there is nothing wrong with the vision in the other eye, there is no need to inform them. You only need to tell the DVLA if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes.
Question 4 : Q: I’ve just had my driving license revoked, but I feel I can drive without a problem. How can I appeal against this decision?
A: You can make an informal appeal by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org It’s important to make sure you tell them you want to make an informal appeal, as a formal appeal would have to go through the courts and you may become liable for court costs. They will ask you to make an appointment at an opticians of your choosing for another test, which you will have to pay for. When the DVLA have received these results they will decide whether to give you back your licence or stand by their decision to revoke it.
Question 5 : Q: I sent my renewal form off to the DVLA just before the lockdown and haven’t had a response. My license runs out soon. Can I still drive after this time?
A: Your best option is to email the DVLA at email@example.com with your concerns, as their phone lines are currently for Keyworker enquiries only. Please be patient while waiting for a response as they are dealing with a large volume of emails.
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