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When a driving ban can be issued to a person with diabetes

If a person with diabetes does not meet the driving health requirements, a doctor will issue a driving ban.

The meeting of the driving health requirements is monitored during normal diabetes appointments.

If a driver with a category 1 driving licence has two severe hypoglycaemia incidents while awake within one year, a doctor will issue a short-term driving ban, usually for three months. This is recorded in the patient record. The effects of severe hypoglycaemia occurring during sleep are assessed by a doctor on a case-by-case basis.

If the situation is not remedied within three months or if it is otherwise concluded that the driving health requirements will not be met for at least 6 months, the police will be notified of this.

For bus or lorry drivers or other professional drivers, one severe case of hypoglycaemia is normally enough to warrant a 12-month driving ban. However, ultimately it is up to the attending physician. The right to drive can be restored earlier, if it has been verified that the required treatment changes have been made. In the case of a longer driving ban, a professional driver’s ability to work is assessed by the occupational health.

If the driving licence has been revoked by the police, it may be restored subject to an appeal and a specialist’s statement, once the health requirements related to the licence category have been met. The precondition is that the driving health is in order in other respects and that the driver does not have other conditions detrimental to their driving health.

Updated 30.9.2023