Closed consultation

Extending the validity period of medically restricted licences

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Detail of feedback received

The overall reaction to the proposals was positive, with 81.4% of replies agreeing with the proposal. Ministers have taken into consideration the comments made in response to the consultation.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


This consultation seeks views on whether the validity period for group 1 driving licences (cars and motorcycles) issued by DVLA following medical assessment should be increased from the current 1, 2 or 3 years to up to 10 years.


Consultation description

The DVLA is considering whether to extend the maximum period for driving licences restricted on medical grounds beyond 3 years, where the medical condition is suitable for this longer review period. Each case would be assessed individually and on its own merits, thus minimising any road safety risk. An amendment to section 99 (1) (b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 could allow for this increased flexibility.

The DVLA does not wish to restrict the proposed change in validity periods to any one medical condition and would want, where expert medical opinion and EU law.