What if I had a brain tumour as a child?
If you had a brain tumour as a child, but have not had any recurrence of the tumour since, and do not have epilepsy as a result of your tumour, you should be able to have a driving licence.
Will the cost of my insurance increase?
You do have a 'duty of disclosure' to tell your insurers. They may ask you for more information and evidence that you are safe to drive, but they cannot increase the cost of your policy if your medical condition does not affect the risk of making a claim.
They could put up your insurance while you are 'getting used to a new disability or condition' or if you have had your car adapted. This is because it can cost more to repair an adapted car.
What if I don't get my licence back?
Not being able to drive is one of the things that people diagnosed with a brain tumour often report as being one of the most difficult to deal with, in terms of changes to their daily life. Loss of your licence is often seen as loss of independence.
It can have both emotional and practical impacts.
Speak to your health team – they can provide psychological and practical support.
Speak to others in a similar situation, such as via a support group or The Brain Tumour Charity's closed Facebook group.
You may be entitled to free or concessionary fares on public transport. Many areas also have community transport or charities that provide door-to-door trips to shopping centres or medical appointments.
If you are working, you may also be able to apply for an Access to Work /Access to Work(NI) grant to pay for taxi fares to work, if you are unable to use public transport because of your tumour.
If you do not agree with the DVLA/DVA's decision, you can ask for a review and, if that is unsuccessful, you can ask for an appeal. This has to be asked for within a certain time limit, and it is advisable to get legal advice first.
Resources and more details
For more information about:
- how to contact the DVLA /DVA to give up or re-apply for your licence
- how long you are likely to be unable to drive
- car insurance or having your car adapted
- how to find out about emotional and practical help which is available in your area
- appeals procedure
Please see the full fact sheet, which can be viewed or downloaded below.