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Motorists with diabetes will not lose driving licence after EU ruling on hypoglycaemia

By Ella Pickover

Drivers with diabetes will no longer lose their licences "unfairly" after changes to European driving laws, a charity has said.

Diabetes UK has welcomed changes to the rules which previously saw a number of people with the condition lose their licence "unnecessarily".

If sufferers had one or more episodes of severe hypoglycaemia - which is when a patient's blood sugars drop to dangerously low levels - and required assistance from another person, they would have to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The charity said that the DVLA does not currently differentiate between daytime and night-time episodes of hypoglycaemia, meaning that some people with diabetes are losing their driving licence unnecessarily.

After a review of evidence, the European Commission has said that the driving ban for people experiencing recurrent severe hypoglycaemia when asleep should be lifted.

The charity said the DVLA will be asked to make the changes by 2018.

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