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20th October 1984
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Page 50, 20th October 1984 — WE ARE very sorry to hear of your illness and
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trust that you are now well on the way to recovery. We have obtained the following advice: The law concerning the illnesses which debar a person from holding a heavy goods vehicle driver's licence is contained in Regulation 4 of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (Driving Licences) Regulations 1977. The part which concern you reads: "A person shall not hold a licence if he suffers from any disease or disability likely to cause the driving by him of a heavy goods vehicle to be a source of danger to the public."

Section 118 of the Road Traffic Act 1972 deals with the procedure respecting appeals against the revocation of an hgv driver's licence. First you may by notice in writing to the Licensing Authority require him to reconsider the matter and shall on reconsideration be entitled to be heard either personally or by your representative.

If you are not satisfied, you may then appeal to a magistrates' court.

It would seem that you must be guided by your doctor whether or not your health is good enough for you to reapply for your hgv licence.

Our advice is that you should also consult your doctor to ensure your illness does not prevent you from holding an ordinary driving licence. The Driving Licence Regulations list a liability to sudden attacks of disabling giddiness or faintness as a bar to holding a driving licence. The same regulations require a driver who becomes aware that he is suffering from a disability to notify the Secretary of State of his disability.

If you are unable to continue driving, and we hope you will be able to, a motor vehicle and trailer with a combined permissible maximum weight not exceeding 7.5 tonnes can be driven with an ordinary driving licence and without an hgv driving licence. — Editor.


Organisations: Licensing Authority

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