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Is vasovagal syncope considered a diagnosis by the DVLA. My husband had a fainting episode whilst in the car he sensed it was going to happen and managed to get the car off the road although by then he was passing out and knocked a road sign over. He was taken to hospital where they performed various tests, ECG, blood pressure, 12 hour heart monitor, blood tests and asked lots questions. He was released the next day and told that he had had a vasovagal syncope (simpled faint) take things easy for a couple of weeks and not drive for 4 weeks. He had a referral letter to his own GP who also did blood tests and another ECG all of which were clear. He is now waiting to see a cardiologist for a 24 hour heart monitor test. The police informed the DVLA who have sent him a questionnaire and permission to contact his doctor if necessary. He's been fine since this happened and we have put it down to a sickness bug that he probably caught off our granddaughter who had been throwing up for a few days. I also caught the bug a few days later. On the DVLA website they say syncope that happens at the wheel and unexplained the licence will be revoked for 6 months. So hence my questions is 'vasovagal syncope' and told not to drive for 4 weeks considered to be a diagnosis as no treatment is necessary. Sorry for the long post but it is very worrying waiting for communication from DVLA. Has anyone else been in this situation?

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Can the DVLA revoke a licence on medical grounds automatically without investigating the medical history.

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you need to be more specific, I assume you or someone you are talking about have informed the DVLA about a particular aliment, well in short they can revoke a licence if they feel there are grounds..

The decision can be appealed, there are many people here who can offer advice on specfic question.

Andy

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Yes my husband has informed the DVLA of a medical condition. I only ask because somewhere else on this forum someone had their licence revoked because the DVLA had been informed by the police that he was an unfit driver. His licence was revoked for 6 months without the DVLA looking into his medical history. My husband was sent a questionnaire to fill in which we are now awaiting the outcome. I just thought the DVLA always sent out a questionnaire to they could decide how to proceed.

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Sorry I've not as you have no replies, I'm BUMPING your thread.

I would argue that the DVLA have a duty to ensure drivers are safe and are proactive in such cases, they will make a decision based on the evidence provided.

 

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There are certain illnesses or situations tht will result in an automatic revocation, they then leave it to the driver to supply information to the contrary - this is usually a letter from your GP (or Optician) stating that they are of the professional opinion that your illness is not a cause for concern (or can be controlled by a relevant regime of tablets) and as such, you are not considered a hazard to other road users.

 

By doing it this way - they can be seen to be protecting the public, yet allowing a right of appeal in borderline cases.

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