D4 Medical suspension

Posted by AndrewT on 20th May 2020

The Government has temporarily suspended the need for a D4 medical when renewing driving entitlements. With NHS staff  focused on COVID-19, the government has taken action to protect essential supply chains by making temporary provisions for commercial drivers aged 45 and over, to forgo the need for a D4 medical in order to renew their driving entitlement. The change is temporary and will only apply where the driver does not have any existing notifiable health conditions, and their licence has not expired before 1 January 2020. The licence will only be valid for 1 year instead of 5 years and the driver will need to submit a completed D4 when the licence is due for renewal in 12 months. Drivers will still be required to self-declare any medical conditions that may affect their ability to drive. Those with health issues that prevent them from driving safely will not have their licence renewed. All drivers must ensure they are medically fit to drive. For help with verifying the licences and driver CPC of your drivers with DVLA see SmartLicence. For more information see the Gov.UK web site.