Throughout this document severe hypoglycaemia is defined as requiring the assistance of another person.
1. Changes to the standards for driving Group 2 vehicles (buses and lorries).
The consultation on Proposals to amend Driving Licence Standards for Vision, Diabetes and Epilepsy closed on 28th April 2011. The proposals included changes to allow applicants with diabetes treated with insulin to be considered for Group 2 licensing. We intend to introduce this and other changes to the regulations for insulin-treated diabetes from the 15th November 2011.
Once these changes have been introduced, to be able to apply for entitlement to drive Group 2 vehicles, applicants will have to meet the following standards when treated with insulin. When treated with medication other than insulin which carries a risk of inducing hypoglycaemia (including sulphonylureas and glinides), the following standards have applied since September 2010.
*To demonstrate adequate control of the condition by regular blood glucose monitoring, the Secretary of State's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Diabetes Mellitus (the Panel) has recommended that applicants with insulin-treated diabetes will need to have used blood glucose meters with a memory function to measure and record blood glucose levels for at least three months prior to submitting their application.
The requirement to demonstrate three months of blood glucose monitoring before applying for a Group 2 licence is already a requirement of the current C1 licensing process for drivers with insulin- treated diabetes. The additional requirement to demonstrate monitoring using a blood glucose monitor with a memory function is considered by the Panel to be an appropriate additional requirement to balance the desire to increase opportunities for those affected whilst ensuring the country's excellent road safety record. We would be grateful if you would make this clear to any of your patients who are considering applying for Group 2 licensing.
In addition, all applicants for a Group 2 licence will need to meet the Group 2 standards for all the other medical conditions from which they suffer.
2. Changes to the standards for driving Group 1 vehicles (cars and motorcycles)
The following changes introduced by the European Union have applied since September 2010.