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, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Chair)
- Dr W Newman, Consultant Ophthalmologist
- Dr T Eke, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
- Professor A Lotery, Professor of Ophthalmology
- Mr J Clarke, Consultant Ophthalmologist
- Professor R Anderson, Academic Optometrist
- Dr G Plant, Consultant Neuro-ophthalmologist
- Mr T E H Smart
Observers - representatives from the following organisations:
- Civil Aviation Authority
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine, Dublin
- Dr N Jenkins, Interim Senior Doctor
- Dr G Rees, Panel Secretary
- Representative from Drivers Medical Policy
- Representative from Driver Licensing Policy
- Representative from Service Management Office
Agendas and minutes
When panel minutes are initially published on GOV.UK, they have been agreed by panel members as ‘draft minutes’, to be formally approved at the following meetings.
Archived panel minutes
Archived panel minutes are available on The National Archives.
Important panel updates and changes to standards are on the following attachment.