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Group 1 driving licence health requirements in diabetes

The driving health of a person with diabetes who is in possession of a category 1 driving licence is assessed and recorded in the patient record every 1–5 years.

The driving health requirements related to category 1 driving licences apply to the drivers of tractors, mopeds, moped cars, motorcycles, passenger cars, combination vehicles towed by a passenger car (weighing under 3.5 tonnes) and vans (weighing under 3.5 tonnes).

The driving health requirements for a person with diabetes in category 1 include:

  • Regular doctor’s appointments in accordance with the care plan.

  • The ability to identify symptoms of a drop in blood sugar.

  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of the risk arising from too low blood sugar to operating a motor vehicle and traffic safety.

  • If insulin or other medications that increase the risk of low blood sugar are in use, the person monitors their own blood sugar according to the treatment plan

  • The reason for potential severe hypoglycaemia has been identified and measures have been taken to prevent a renewal of it through care guidance and, if necessary, amendments to the treatment.

  • Person has not had a recurring severe hypoglycaemia in the last 12 months.

    • If severe hypoglycaemia has recurred during waking hours, a driving licence may be issued or renewed three months after the previous incident at the earliest.

  • The risks to traffic safety arising from too high blood sugar have also been taken into account.

  • Person has no complications related to diabetes that impair driving health.

If an individual does not meet the driving health requirements due to diabetes or another medical condition or substance abuse, the doctor will issue a driving ban. The driving ban is recorded in the patient record. The police is informed if the driving ban lasts longer than 6 months.

Updated 30.9.2023