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Driving, car insurance & DVLA

Good morning everyone, I hope it's ok to post this question in this section but apologies if not.

After speaking to my sister last night, she thinks it's wise to inform DVLA & my OH's car insurance company about his recent diagnosis and I'm wondering what everyone else's experience is with this?

Currently he is due to start chemo/radiotherapy hopefully this coming Monday but is planning on working as much as he possibly can (he only has a minimum sick pay allowance) to try and maintain his normal routine provided he doesn't get too tired. This will involve him still having to drive to work, but he has a plan in place for a lift should the need arise, or he will just stay home.

It's not something I even thought we'd need to do so I'm wondering if any of you could let me know what you did with regard to this please? Thanks so much in advance



@Steady20 Don’t think there is any need for this unless peripheral neuropathy gets bad enough to affect safety. Your oncologist would advise on this. My insurance company wasn’t very interested in how long after operation I could drive. As long as 8 could safely do an emergency stop - my call - they were fine.


@Barbara Thanks for that - it's good to hear your experience and we'll speak to the oncologist but I'm thinking it's not going to be a problem for him. If however it is, he's sensible enough (I hope :) ) not to risk driving.

Thanks for the link @Liriodendron345 I shall check that out now :) :x::x:

Polly 1

@Steady20 my husband has permanent peripheral neuropathy from the FOLFOX chemo he had in 2013. He informed DVLA and now has a 3 year licence.
He informed his insurance company about this and also when he had his first liver resection in 2016 and it didn't make any difference to premiums it was just noted on his file.
He asked the oncologist about driving while on chemo and he said no problem as long as he felt well enough.


Hi @Steady20 - I had 6 weeks chemo/radiotherapy and my Onc said it was okay for me to drive - I did get a bit tired/fatigued during the last week or so and decided not to drive but guess that anybody with or without cancer who's not feeling great would do the same. Like @Polly 1 husband's insurers, mine noted it but it didn't increase the premiums they just said as long as my medical team were happy that I could drive then that was fine. I don't recall them asking for any evidence to back it up but some insurers might - hope his chemo/radio goes well - cheers Ron :x::x:


I worked on the basis that if my consultant/oncologist said I was fit to drive then I would not tell DVLA. Clearly if things change and I am advised otherwise, then I will review that decision. I have told my insurers though and they were not unduly concerned. However, I know from the experience of someone (nominated driver on my insurance) who did advise DVLA of a medical condition, (not cancer) and subsequently had their licence revoked, that it was a nightmare to get it back. This was despite having no 'episodes' in the period DVLA stipulated on their website and the consultant & doctor raising no concerns. Seems the administrators don't always refer cases to their own medical specialists (who, when challenged, could not understand why the licence should not be reissued) but seem 'do their own thing', which does not exactly inspire confidence.


Hi @Steady20 , my hubby was told not to drive the day he has chemo, more because of the anti-sickness drugs than anything else, and was told that his insurance would be invalid if he did drive whilst on chemo and had an accident (by his oncologist).

His renewal is up today and so he has just been looking into this, and cancer isn’t a prerequisite for telling them, unless it is in the brain.

Perhaps it would be prudent to tell themhe may be driving whilst on chemo as the last thing he will need is a legal wrangle with his Insurers if he is involved in an accident.

Hope that helps

Sarah :x: