If you are a Group 2 driver (bus / lorry) and are insulin treated, there are DVLA guidelines that specifically apply to you. GlucoMen Areo has a massive 730 test memory with date and time, to help group 2 drivers comply with the latest requirements for driving.
Insulin Treated Group 2 Drivers (Lorries and Buses)
If you are insulin treated then you need to satisfy the following blood glucose monitoring criteria to hold a group 2 licence:
- Regularly monitors blood glucose at least twice daily and at times relevant to driving, (no more than 2 hours before the start of the first journey and every 2 hours while driving), using a glucose meter with a memory function to measure and record blood glucose levels. More frequent testing may be required if for any reason there is a greater risk of hypoglycaemia for example after physical activity or altered meal routine
- At the annual examination by an independent Consultant Diabetologist, 3 months of blood glucose readings must be available
- Advised to use a modern blood glucose meter which has a memory chip
The following criteria also need to be satisfied:
- No episode of hypoglycaemia requiring the assistance of another person has occurred in the preceding 12 months
- Has full awareness of hypoglycaemia
- Must demonstrate an understanding of the risks of hypoglycaemia
There are no other debarring complications of diabetes such as a visual field defect.
Who do I need to inform to ensure I keep my licence?
You may need to let your car insurance company and the Driving and Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA) know that you have diabetes depending on your type of diabetes and how it is controlled.
- No matter how your diabetes is treated, you must by law inform your insurance company that you have diabetes.
- If your diabetes is treated with insulin, you must inform the DVLA.
- If you are applying for a driving licence for the first time, and your diabetes is treated with tablets or insulin, you also must inform the DVLA.
In addition, you must inform the DVLA if any diabetes complications develop that may affect your ability to drive safely. If you fail to inform the DVLA or your insurance company then your driving insurance will be invalid.
You do NOT need to tell the DVLA if you are treated by:
- Diet alone
- By tablets which carry no risk of hypoglycemia
- Non-insulin injectable medication such as Byetta or Victoza (unless you are also on tablets which do carry a risk of hypos)
- Tablets which are deemed to carry a risk of hypoglycemia are sulfonylureas and prandial glucose regulators. Unless you have other complications or reasons that may affect your ability to drive
You do not need to tell the DVLA if you are treated by diet alone or by tablets that do not bring on hypoglycemia. However, if you change from tablets to insulin treatment, then they must be informed.
Further guidelines and advice can be found on the
General advice about driving and diabetes can be found on the
Diabetes UK website
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