Driver Medicals – PSV – Covid 19

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) is aware that currently some drivers are having difficulties arranging the necessary medical examinations in order to renew their licence entitlements

We should confirm that whilst exemptions have been offered in respect of Driver CPC, there is currently no equivalent exemption for driver medicals

This is an issue that CPT has raised with DfT and DVLA on a number of occasions during the current COVID-19 outbreak, but unfortunately so far we have been unable to find a suitable solution. Clearly the road safety implications of a driver not being medically assessed when the legislation states they should is a factor in this.

The requirement for a PSV licence to expire at age 45, and for the driver then to submit an application for renewal and again after every subsequent 5 year period is laid down in section 99 of the Road Traffic Act 1988

The requirement to undertake a medical examination in order to apply for a PSV licence is laid out in section 4 of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Large Goods and Passenger-Carrying Vehicles) Regulations 1990

It is likely that to obtain any exemption from the need to undertake a medical examination will require some form of legislative change which may be difficult to obtain in the circumstances

The CPT will continue to work with DfT and DVLA to try to find a solution to the issue to ensure drivers can retain their vocational entitlement and be in the position to resume driving when the situation permits


** Information provided from CPT Operations Team