At a recent virtual event, the updated ‘Sláinte agus Tiomáint’ - Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines were published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
The guidelines are of particular interest to people with epilepsy given how the condition can have implications on a person’s ability to drive. While there are no major changes to report as part of the updated guidance, it is important that people with epilepsy are aware of the most recent guidelines to ensure they are adhering to them.
‘Slainte agus Tiomáint’ can be downloaded and read on the Road Safety Authority’s website.
Epilepsy Ireland attended the launch of the updated guidelines, and the event offered an opportunity to receive direct clarification on a matter which has been raised with our local service in recent weeks concerning the renewal of licenses.
Previously, there was an option to apply for a one-year or three-year license renewal. However, there has always been the requirement for annual medical reviews to retain the driving license. This has caused confusion in the past and at the event launching the new guidelines, we queried this with the RSA.
The RSA confirmed that in the case of all people with epilepsy, a license of one year duration will be available up until the point that they become 5 years seizure free. This license will be reviewed and renewed annually – following an annual medical consultation. If the person becomes 5 years seizure free, the option for a longer-term license will then be open. There will be no charge associated with the annual NDLS license renewal.
Further information on epilepsy and driving can be found in the ‘Driving’ section of our website and should you require further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact your local Community Resource Officer.