DVLA to release updated conditions list for drivers

The DVLA are soon to release updated guidance in relation to its extended list of notifiable conditions, addressing concerns previously raised by the AOP

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has confirmed to the Association of Optometrists (AOP) that it will release updated guidance in relation to its list of notifiable eye conditions.

At the end of last year, the AOP raised serious concerns over the published list, so extensive that it could apply to almost every driver who receives a sight test.

At the time, the DVLA agreed to remove the list of eyesight conditions and confirmed it would ‘welcome the opportunity’ to work with the AOP to revise the current guidance.

AOP Chief Executive, Adam Sampson said: “We’ve continued to have an open dialogue with the DVLA on this important issue to work towards a pragmatic solution for our members, patients and the DVLA.

“The extent of the original list really would have been problematic for so many so we’re incredibly pleased to see that the DVLA have listened to the advice of the sector. The move is sure to remove an unnecessary administrative burden for practitioners but also alleviate worry for many patients.”

The DVLA also consulted with the SoS Medical Advisory Panel on Visual disorders and driving to arrive at the current list, due to be published in the coming weeks.