More than one million motorists over the age of 65 are risking a £1,000 fine, prosecution and the safety of other road users by failing to disclose serious medical conditions.
Research from Direct Line Car Insurance found that almost three-in-ten (28%) older motorists have medical conditions such as visual impairments, diabetes, heart conditions or epilepsy that must be disclosed to the DVLA. Despite this, almost half (49%) have failed to tell the DVLA about their condition.
Of those over-65s that have failed to disclose their conditions, 57% said this was because they don’t feel their condition affects their driving. One-in-eight (12%) said they weren’t aware of this obligation and 27% cited ‘other’ reasons.
Meanwhile, across the UK as a whole, a quarter (24%) of drivers have so called ‘notifiable conditions’ but one-in-10 (9%) have not disclosed this to the DVLA.
Direct Line’s study looked at the prevalence of some of the most common medical conditions that should be disclosed and found that physical disabilities – affecting a tenth (11%) of older drivers - are only disclosed half (48%) of the time.
Gus Park, director of motor at Direct Line commented: “Regardless of age, drivers that have a notifiable or worsening medical condition or disability must disclose this to the DVLA and also to their insurer to stay within the law. Even those who feel their physical status won’t affect their driving must still disclose their condition, as failing to do so means they risk a hefty fine and even prosecution if they have an accident."