An advisory panel working together with the DVLA providing expert advice with the aim of improving road safety.
Role of the advisory panel
The purpose of the advisory panels is to provide the Secretary of State for Transport, in practice the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), with expert advice with the aim of maintaining and improving road safety. This is reflected in the granting and renewal of driving licences within the framework of the minimum health standards set out in the Third EC Directive on Driving Licences (2006/126/EC). The panels, some of which have existed in their present form for 20 years or more, are advisory and have no legal powers.
- Mr A Viswanathan (Chair)
- Dr G Plant
- Mr W D Newman
- Mr T Eke
- Professor A Lotery
- Mr J Clarke
- Mr D A Edmunds
- Mr T E H Smart
- Dr C Graham (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland)
- Dr P Logan (National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine)
- Mr I A Pearce (Director of Clinical Eye Research Centre, Liverpool)
- Dr W Parry (Senior Medical Adviser)
- Dr G B Rees (Panel Secretary)
- Mr Jason Donovan (Head of Medical Policy)
- Mr S Ferriman (Business Change and Support manager)
Agendas and minutes
Readers should note that when panel minutes are initially published on the internet, they have been agreed by panel members as ‘draft minutes’, to be formally approved at the following respective meetings.
Archived panel minutes
Archived panel minutes are available on The National Archives.
Important panel updates/changes to standards can be found below.