Learn to drive in Rotherham



Your eyesight.

It is a criminal offence to drive a motor vehicle if you cannot read a standard number plate in good daylight from 20.5m (67 feet), using glasses if necessary. If you need glasses or contact lenses to do this you must wear them every time you drive. There are additional rules if you want to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and minibus/buses

Drivers who held a licence before 1 January 1997 who do not meet these standards will need to check their licensing position with the Medical Section at DVLA.

You must tell the DVLA if you have any of these

  • An epileptic event (seizure or fit)
  • Sudden attacks or disabling giddiness, fainting or blackouts
  • Severe mental handicap
  • A pacemaker, defibrillator or anti-ventricular tachycardia device fitted
  • Diabetes controlled by insulin
  • Diabetes controlled by tablets
  • Angina (heart pain) while driving
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Any other chronic neurological condition
  • A serious problem with memory
  • A major or minor stroke
  • Any type of brain surgery, brain tumour
  • Severe head injury involving in-patient treatment at hospital
  • Any severe psychiatric illness or mental disorder
  • Continuing/permanent difficulty in the use of arms or legs which affects your ability to control a vehicle
  • Dependence on or misuse of alcohol, illicit drugs or chemical substances in the past 3 years (do not include drink/driving offences)
  • Any visual disability which affects BOTH eyes (do not declare short/long sight or colour blindness).



A J Simonite 2013