Sleep disorders and professional driving

Having a sleeping disorder might not mean the end of your career as a truck driver, but it might cause a serious accident. This article describes the latest advice from the DVLA, including the importance of vigilance, especially for the drivers of heavy goods vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles. The most common medical cause for excessive sleepiness is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSA). A driver with undiagnosed and untreated OSA is a significant risk to themselves and others on the road and effective treatment is available. The DVLA advises anyone with apparent symptoms to seek the advice of a medical practitioner. Licensing rules state that all drivers must, by law, inform the DVLA if they develop a medical condition, including sleep disorders such as OSA, which could affect their ability to drive safely. Once the DVLA is informed, medical enquiries are undertaken to establish whether the driver should retain his licence.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 44-45
  • Serial:
    • ISSN: 0035-7316

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01147183
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:48AM