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DVLA and Medical Revocation Appeals

The onus is placed on drivers to make sure that they notify the DVLA of any reportable medical condition affecting their ability to drive. Failing to do this can be a criminal offence.

If the DVLA at any stage receives information about any health issue, potentially affecting your ability to drive safely, then they can conduct an assessment of your fitness to drive. This often also entails them seeking medical records from your GP in furtherance of trying to clarify whether any potential issue arises. Revocation can be on a short- or long-term basis and can be based on matters that potentially should not be taken into account.

Quite often the DVLA can intervene in circumstances where there may have been a criminal prosecution, but for the absence of enough evidence to pass the charging standards or burden of proof to the required criminal standard. Typically, people take the view that there is no recourse to address that decision by the regulator (in this case the DVLA). Fortunately, there is, although there are procedures that need to be followed in order to try and return the driving licence of the individual.

There are a variety of ways in which we can assist you, from merely writing letters of representation to formally challenging the decision in Court at the Magistrates’ Court on your behalf.