A guide to HGV Medical Test Requirements
Embarking on a career as an HGV driver does hold plenty of benefits. It is a job that can lead to plenty of work and is future-proof as well. When you first start the job, there are some requirements you must meet.
One of these is the successful completion of the HGV driver medical. As you can likely appreciate, an HGV driver must have a certain standard of health. The law itself requires all HGV drivers to be of reasonably good health if they will be operating commercial vehicles in public areas.
An HGV licence in C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1, or D1E is valid for five years. Every five years up to age 45, you’ll need to sign a declaration to confirm that you still meet the medical standards. After 45, you’ll need to provide a medical examination report every five years to renew your driving entitlement.
The HGV medical is comprised of two parts:
- Discussion with a Doctor: You will be interviewed by the Doctor and have the opportunity to discuss any existing medical conditions that may interfere with safe driving. The doctor will also discuss your medical history.
- You will undergo a physical examination: The Doctor will check your vital signs and vision etc. The entire exam usually takes no more than 30 minutes, during which the attending Doctor fills out an official DVLA form that will be submitted directly to the authorities.
HGV medical requirements: What to expect?
First of all, if you have one of these medical exams coming up, don’t worry, it’s very routine, and if you’re in good general health, you shouldn’t have any problems.
There are then three main parts to the medical assessment:
- The first part involves a discussion with your doctor about your general health. This is your chance to bring up anything relevant and discuss anything that may not come up in the exam.
- The second part is a visual assessment. Sometimes this part will need to be carried out by an optician or an optometrist; when booking in your test with your GP, they’ll advise you if they can carry out this section. It’s just a series of questions and tests to ensure your eyesight is up to par to be on the road.
- Neurological disorders
- Cardiac or Heart conditions
- Psychiatric or mental health illness
- Alcohol and drug usage
- Sleep disorders
- Other medical conditions
- Medications that you takeThe third part and the second section of the test is the medical assessment. The main subcategories covered are:
Anything that compromises or impairs your ability to drive an HGV in terms of medical conditions safely will cause you to fail the medical assessment.
Assuming there are no issues with your HGV medical, the DVLA will approve your D4; however, your responsibilities do not end there. You should report any new developments with your health to the DVLA on an on-going basis so that they can assess your fitness to drive in the future.