Diabetes Sufferers to Benefit from Extended Driving Licenses
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 19 May 2014
Itís been announced that those suffering with diabetes may soon be able to extend their driving license renewal period to 10 years. Currently, motorists with the illness can only have a three year license, regardless of whether theyíre taking insulin or not and are completely capable of driving. However, new plans have been revealed that could be implemented as early as this year which would allow the renewal period to be extended.
As part of the Deregulation Bill, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said that the current restricted license period should be extended. This would mean that individuals with personalised number plates and flashy vehicles wouldnít have to consistently renew their paperwork every three years. Currently, diabetes drivers who take insulin on a long term basis are said to be risky motorists as they donít often recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia; an eye conditions which can lead to reduced vision. Thereís a lot of pressure on doctors, drivers and, indeed, the DVLA what with the short three year turnaround time, with medical practitioners having to verify that patientís are suitable to drive.
Unfortunately, due to the required administration, many people waiting for their renewed license can wait significant periods of time. This can easily disrupt daily life, particularly for people who have to commute to work. It can also cause problems with the actual renewal process itself, particularly for those living in rural areas who might have to travel significantly to speak with their doctor.
With the system under scrutiny, itís been suggested that the current three year period could be lengthened to 10 years, helping reduce many of the problems currently noticed. For those with diabetes, itís essential theyíre aware that the DVLA must be informed if their ability to spot hypos decreases. In addition, if a severe hypo is experienced where someone else has to intervene, then the DVLA must also be contacted.
The news is likely to come as great relief to the many people with diabetes who donít want the renewal of their licence held up. For many motorists, their car is their pride and joy, particularly for those whoíve paid to get personalised number plates added. Therefore, not being able to drive simply because of an administrative backlog can be an infuriating circumstance. However, if the renewal period is extended to 10 years, itís to be hoped that many more people wonít have their lives unduly disrupted.