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Diabetics fight bac

30th May 1996, Page 11
30th May 1996
Page 11
Page 11, 30th May 1996 — Diabetics fight bac
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• The British Diabetic Association is backing the Drivers Action Movement as it battles with the Department of Transport for fair rights for diabetic drivers threatened by new health rules.

New drivers who use insulin will be banned from driving Group 2 vehicles after 1 July. But the BDA supports a DAM claim that there is no evidence for the DOT view that diabetics are more likely to collapse at the wheel and cause accidents.

In a letter to DAM a DOT official says: "A significant proportion of collapses at the wheel have been found to be associated with insulin injections."

But a British Diabetic Association spokesman counters: "There isn't any research on professional lorry drivers. Research on car drivers shows diabetics are at no greater risk than other people and professional drivers tend to take more care." The dispute is just one in a war between DAM at DOT over new health DAM is also trying to per the DOT that new EC ey■ rules discriminate against drivers in favour of ligh and car drivers.

It is to petition Dot; Street on 1 July and plai appeal to the European Co Human Rights.

"A lot of people are int ed." says DAM chairman Crossfield. "We've got tht port of MPs and MEPs."

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