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Living with Epilepsy


Epilepsy and Driving

Those who have an epileptic seizure of any type are obliged to inform the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and stop driving until circumstances have been fully evaluated by the Authority. This can be done by downloading a form from the website www.dvla.gov.uk   

Those who hold a licence to drive a car or motorcycle (Class 1 Licence) should download the form FEP1 and those who hold a licence to drive a bus, coach or lorry (Class 2 Licence) should download form FEP1V.

For those without an internet facility, the Association will happily download and supply the relevant form. 

It is important to be aware that failing to inform the DVLA of the condition can result in a fine of £1000 and prosecution of you are involved in an accident, regardless of whose fault was the cause of the accident.

As well as contravening the licensing laws, by not providing information it should be realised that there are implications regarding the validity of any motor insurance.  

The Driving regulations relating to epilepsy are laid out as follows:-

Group 1 (Car and Motorcycle) Driving Entitlement

In all above cases the applicant or licence holder suffering from epilepsy must not be regarded as likely to be a source of danger to the public as a driver. If whilst holding a driving licence a driver suffers from any epileptic attack then driving must cease immediately (unless 3 or 4 can be met) and the DVLA must be notified. If a licence is issued under 3 or 4 and a different type of seizure occurs then the concession is lost and driving must cease and the DVLA notified.

Isolated Seizure

A person who has suffered from a single unprovoked epileptic seizure (isolated fit) will qualify for a driving licence if he or she has been free from further attacks for a six month period, provided there are no further clinical factors or investigations that may suggest an unacceptably high risk of a further seizure occurring in which case it shall be 12 months of driving.


If a seizure occurs as a result of a physician-

directed change of/or reduction of antiepileptic medication the epilepsy regulations state that a licence is revoked for 12 months as per the epilepsy regulations but reapplication can be accepted earlier once treatment has been reinstated for six months and as long as there have been no further seizures in the 6 months period after recommencing.

Group 2 (Lorry And Bus) Driving Entitlement


Drivers of these vehicles must satisfy all of the following conditions:

Isolated Seizure

Drivers of these vehicles must satisfy all of the following conditions:

Finally, do be aware that a diagnosis of epilepsy does not mean a lifetime ban from driving a motor vehicle. Successful control of seizures can result in a licence being restored after a period of 12 months or in the case of an isolated seizure or withdrawal seizures a minimum of six months.

If you have epilepsy, thinking positively about what you can do is important when looking for a job and keeping in employment.

Taken in moderation drinking beer and spirits can be pleasurable and relatively harmless. It is the abuse of alcohol which causes the trouble.

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