Driving

Driving and type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes makes driving a little more complicated  and there are even specific laws you must adhere to.

For more information visit:

JDRF

Diabetes UK

IDDT

Gov.uk

Diabetes – Insulin treated

Drivers are sent a detailed letter of explanation about their licence and driving byDVLA.

See DIABINF (PDF, 109KB, 1 page) for a sample of this letter.

Group 1 entitlement ODL – car, motorcycle

Must satisfy the following criteria:

  • must have adequate awareness of hypoglycaemia
  • must not have had more than one episode of hypoglycaemia requiring the assistance of another person in the preceding twelve months
  • there should be appropriate blood glucose monitoring. This has been defined by the Secretary of State’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes as no more than 2 hours before the start of the first journey and every 2 hours while driving
  • must not be regarded as a likely source of danger to the public while driving
  • the visual standards for acuity and visual field must be met

Impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia has been defined by the Secretary of State’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes as, ‘an inability to detect the onset of hypoglycaemia because of a total absence of warning symptoms’. If meets the medical standard a 1, 2 or 3 year licence will be issued.

Group 2 entitlement vocational – lorries, buses

May apply for any Group 2 licence. Must satisfy the following criteria:

  • no episode of hypoglycaemia requiring the assistance of another person has occurred in the preceding 12 months
  • has full awareness of hypoglycaemia
  • regularly monitors blood glucose at least twice daily and at times relevant to driving, (no more than 2 hours before the start of the first journey and every 2 hours while driving), using a glucose meter with a memory function to measure and record blood glucose levels. More frequent testing may be required if for any reason there is a greater risk of hypoglycaemia for example after physical activity or altered meal routineAt the annual examination by an independent Consultant Diabetologist, the last 3 months of blood glucose readings must be available
  • advised to use a modern blood glucose meter which has a memory chip
  • must demonstrate an understanding of the risks of hypoglycaemia

There are no other debarring complications of diabetes such as a visual field defect.

If it meets the medical standards a 1 year licence will be issued.