Fit to drive requests

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many drivers’ licences have expired. The DVLA initially gave extensions so that drivers could continue to drive and work. For many drivers, however, this extension is coming to an end.

Some drivers are now being told by the DVLA to ask their GP if they are fit to drive so that they can continue to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988). The DVLA has produced a leaflet which explains RTA 1988.

In normal circumstances, a GP practice may provide a factual report for the DVLA so that their own expert medical advisers will decide upon fitness.

On receipt of a request from the DVLA a GP can offer to provide information about a patient’s health, with their consent. If this bespoke report is prepared for patients, a reasonable fee will be charged before the report is completed as this is not NHS work.

The Rame Group Practice