Driving after Stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack

Following stroke the DVLA state that you should not drive for one month.

Following this you may resume driving if a doctor feels that your clinical recovery is satisfactory.

You must inform your insurance of your stroke or TIA before you get back to driving. This applies even if you are fully "back to normal". 

There is no need to notify the DVLA unless there is residual neurological deficit one month after the episode.  In particular these neurological deficits include visual field and cognitive deficits and impaired limb function. The DVLA will require notification if you have not fully recovered after one month but want to resume driving and if there is a restriction to certain types of vehicle where adapted controls are required.

A driver who experiences multiple TIAs over a short space of time may require three month period freedom of further attacks before resuming driving and should notify the DVLA.

Even if the doctor, the DLVA and the insurance have passed you as fit for driving it is your individual responsibility to ensure that you are fit to drive. If you feel tired, unwell, if your can't concentrate or get confused, or if your eyesight is not adequate you should not drive. Sometimes your health and fitness can change form day to day, and it is your responsibility to decide if you are fit to drive every time you get into the car.

Contact Details:

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Drivers Medical Group


SA99 1DL

0879 600 0301

http://www.dvla.gov.uk/    (DLVA main site)

http://www.dvla.gov.uk/at_a_glance/ch1_neurological.htm   (information about stroke and driving is in the section relating to neurological disorders)

New information (2002) about driving with static visual field defects

Derby Regional Mobility Centre

Kingsway Hospital, Kingsway, Derby DE22 3LZ

01332 371929