After 1965, epileptics could have a driving licence after an attack-free period of 3 years. Since 1972, persons with no attack for two years -with or without medication -can have a licence. For public service vehicle drivers the period is still 5 years. An attack while driving is a very unusual cause of accidents. In California however it was found that accident frequency among epileptics is double that expected. It appears that less than 0.0003% of traffic accidents is caused by epileptics. It is estimated that in Sweden there are 80000 epileptics. Of these, about 32000 have a licence. The guidelines of epilepsy international state: (1) licence should be given to those who do not lose consciousness during an attack, provided that they are under constant medical supervision; (2) granting of licence to those with only night attacks is questionable since there is a risk of attack when awake; (3) decision cannot be based on eeg alone; (4) if there is an attack during prescribed attack-free period, no driving for 6 months, and cause of relapse must be thoroughly investigated, and (5) doctors should not be compelled to report on patients to licensing authorities except when person refuses medication or simultaneously suffers from mental illness.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Ciba-Geigy Laekemedel

    Box 605
    Vaestra Froelunda,   Sweden 
  • Publication Date: 1988


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Pagination: 131 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00498201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 91-85902-30-6
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM