Added: 4 March 2013, 10:07
The upcoming changes to the driving regulations for epilepsy have been announced and will come into effect on 8 March. The changes are expected to benefit some people with epilepsy:
- For the first time, anyone who has only ever had seizures while asleep may now be considered for a licence after one year, instead of the current requirement of three years.
- The new rules will also allow drivers who have only ever had seizures that have ‘no impact on consciousness or the ability to act’ to apply for a driving licence one year from the date of their first seizure. Currently anyone with any type of seizure has to be completely seizure-free for 12 months before they get their licence back
- Anyone who has a break-through seizure during either medication withdrawal, change or reduction of dosage (advised by a medical doctor) will now only have to be 6 months seizure free again before they can apply to get their licence back. This is provided that the previously successful treatment has been reinstated. The current waiting time is one year.