Chiropractors, specialist nurses and opticians are among the healthcare professionals now able to complete DVLA medical questionnaires as part of their approach to improve and speed up the medical licensing process.
An amendment to the Road Traffic Act 1988, which came into force in July, means a broader pool of registered healthcare professionals is now authorised to provide information where a driver has declared a medical condition.
DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard said, “Every year, we receive an increasing number of medical licensing applications from drivers.
“This law change, which widens the pool of healthcare professionals who can complete DVLA questionnaires, improves the process for those notifying DVLA of medical conditions while reducing the administrative burden on doctors, benefitting drivers and the NHS alike.”
Previously, only doctors registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) could complete the questionnaires. The change to the law will now allow medical professionals from the following Councils to complete medical questionnaires on behalf of doctors:
- General Chiropractic Council
- The General Optical Council
- The General Osteopathic Council
- The Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Health and Care Professions Council
The change to the law does not apply to the D4 Medical Examination Report, which will still need to be completed by a doctor or consultant who is registered with the GMC.