Drivers with acquired rights not included medical relaxation requirement

CV drivers in Northern Ireland should beware that drivers with grandfather rights are excluded from the DVLA’s relaxation of the D4 medical requirement during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drivers who obtained their car licence prior to 1997 are also entitled to drive goods vehicles from 3,501kg to 7,500kg GVW, as well as towing trailers with a GCW over 3.5-tonnes.

However, these drivers are not temporarily exempt from driver medicals. It appears that this means  they will be unable to renew their licences until D4 medical exams are restored after lockdown on this is lifted.

The UK’s Department for Transport announced last month that it was relaxing the medical requirement for professional drivers (CM 23 April), enabling them to acquire a temporary licence if it expires this year, or has expired since 1 January.