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HGV Driver Medical Exams - Everything you need to know.

The medical rules governing who can and cannot drive a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) are very strict and for good reason, as losing control of lorry weighing several tons is something that is likely to have lethal consequences.

Here is everything you need to know about the requirements to become a certified HGV driver.

1. Eyesight

The guidelines on eyesight are quite clear, in that an HGV driver must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 yards with or without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses. Also, according to HGV medical exam guidelines, wearing glasses is fine, so long as your prescription is no higher than +8 and you must have a field of vision of at least 160 degrees. If you suffer from double vision, you won’t be allowed to become an HGV driver at all – even if it’s treated with a patch.

2. Epilepsy

Whether experiencing minor auras or full seizures, epilepsy is a condition that will preclude you from driving professionally.

3. Heart Issues

Any kind of heart issue that’s not being treated is going to be looked at unfavorably during a HGV medical exam, whether talking about angina, strokes or blackouts.

4. Diabetes

With both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, if you want to pass your HGV medical exam , you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to keep it under control.

5. Brain Injury/Surgery

If you’ve had any sort of brain surgery or injury, the likelihood is that you’re not going to be able to drive again, as the chances of cognitive impairment are quite high. Of course, each case is different, but as a rule, in the interests of safety, brain trauma of any kind will prevent you from being a professional driver.

6. Sleep Disorders

It’s widely known that sleepiness is a major killer on the roads, so it stands to reason that anything that causes drowsiness is a major problem. Whether talking about sleep apnoea, narcolepsy or even medication for other conditions that cause sleepiness, you won’t be able to drive a lorry or private car.

The important thing to remember is this – none of these things, or any other condition, mean that you have an automatic ban on driving HGV’s. It simply means that you need to fall within a set of rules designed to keep drivers, other road users and cargo safe. You don’t have to be in peak physical condition – just reasonably healthy and safe behind the wheel.

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