In response to overwhelming concerns from our community The Brain Tumour Charity met with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea to discuss issues around driving and brain tumours.
We know that 3 in 4 people affected by a brain tumour lose their driving licence at some point or voluntarily relinquish it. This can leave a person socially isolated, unable to work or dependant on others for support.
Our community told us that the DVLA are typically slow to respond to enquiries, that the rules and regulations around driving from the point of diagnosis are confusing, and that the process by which the DVLA makes decisions about an individual's ability to drive is not transparent.
During our visit the DVLA acknowledged these concerns and revealed a number of developments that they hope will address them:
We will continue to monitor feedback from our community as these changes take effect. We produce up-to-date and accurate resources and in consultation with the DVLA have updated our Driving and Brain Tumours resource to provide greater clarity.
We will continue to stand up for the rights of brain tumour patients and pressure the DVLA to follow through with these promises.
Clinicians told us of a number of issues related to the DVLA's processes. We will engage with both healthcare professionals and the DVLA to better support people affected by a brain tumour and improve the process through which driving matters are dealt with.
You can read more about Driving and Brain Tumours and we will provide more updates as and when they happen.
If you would like to learn more about our work with the DVLA email us at firstname.lastname@example.org