Doctors' advice on not driving may be passed to police
From the beginning of September doctors will be required to notify the police of cases where the health of drivers licence holders no longer meets statutory requirements. The ruling does not concern licence holders suffering short term ill health.
Traffic accidents due to drivers' ill health are relatively rare, and in most cases where the medical condition of license holders' is likely to impair their ability to drive there is clear acceptance of medical advice about giving up driving. The new ruling is aimed at stopping people driving who ignore such advice.