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Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Amendment of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

2.—(1) Regulation 51 (disabilities prescribed in respect of Group 2 licences) of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(1) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) For paragraph (8A)(2) there shall be substituted—

(8A) Diabetes requiring insulin treatment is prescribed for the purposes of Article 9(4)(b) of the Order in the case of a person who—

(a)is an applicant for a licence authorising the driving of vehicles in sub-category C1, C1 + E or C1 + E (8.25 tonnes); and

(b)satisfies the Department that he has, for at least four weeks, been undergoing treatment with insulin,

provided that he satisfies the conditions mentioned in paragraph (8B)..

(3) For paragraph (8B)(3) there shall be substituted—

(8B) The conditions referred to in paragraph (8A) are that—

(a)he has not, during the period of twelve months ending on the date of the application, required the assistance of another person to treat an episode of hypoglycaemia suffered whilst he was driving;

(b)he makes an arrangement to undergo, at intervals of not more than twelve months, an examination by a hospital consultant specialising in the treatment of diabetes and, so far as is reasonably practicable, conforms to that arrangement;

(c)his application is supported by a report from such a consultant sufficient to satisfy the Department that he has a history of responsible diabetic control with a minimal risk of incapacity due to hypoglycaemia;

(d)he provides a declaration, signed by him, that he will—

(i)so far as reasonably practicable comply with such directions regarding his treatment for diabetes as may, for the time being, be given to him by the doctor supervising that treatment,

(ii)immediately report to the Department, in writing, any significant change in his condition, and

(iii)provide such evidence as the Department may request that he continues to carry out the monitoring referred to in sub-paragraph (e);

(e)he regularly monitors his condition and, in particular, undertakes blood glucose monitoring at least twice daily and at times relevant to—

(i)if he has held a licence authorising the driving of vehicles in sub-category C1, C1 + E or C1 + E (8.25 tonnes) for at least twelve months since starting his insulin treatment, the driving of such vehicles, and

(ii)in any other case, the driving of motor vehicles generally; and

(f)the Department is satisfied that the driving of such a vehicle in pursuance of the licence is not likely to be a source of danger to the public..

(1)

S.R. 1996 No. 542; relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 1998 No. 415, S.R. 1999 No. 358 and S.R. 2000 No. 115

(2)

Paragraph (8A) was inserted by S.R. 1998 No. 415

(3)

Paragraph (8B) was inserted by S.R. 1998 No 415 and amended by S.R. 1999 No. 358

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