HGV drivers are required by law to be in reasonably good health, for them to operate commercial vehicles legally on public roads.
“All new drivers must undergo an HGV medical examination with all needed paperwork like D4 that has to be submitted to the DVLA by the physician,” says an HGV trainer at Surrey and Hampshire HGV Training. As a matter of facts, drivers are needed to undergo a new medical examination every time they are needed to renew their license. It is actually the same exam given to bus and lorry drivers.
What Does A Driver’s Medical Involve?
An HGV medical contains two parts, which are:
• Part One: The Interview Part – This is a part or process where the doctor and candidate about potential conditions that the candidate might have, which might interfere with safe driving. This is generally what is known as medical history.
• Second Part: The Physical Examination – This is the part where the doctor will perform physical examinations by checking vital signs, visions, and others. The whole process will not take more than 30 minutes. During the examination, the doctor will fill out an official DVLA form needed to be submitted to the authority directly.
Who Can Conduct the HGV Medical?
The truth is that there isn’t any special qualification for conducting HGV medical test. Any doctor registered in the UK can do the test. This simply means that you can head over seek the services of NHS GP or personal doctor.
How Fit Do You Need to Be?
The physician or doctor conducting the HGV medical examination will have to examine specific areas. As long as you are in good health, you should not have a problem and some conditions could disqualify you from driving.
Below is a list of things physicians are required to look at during the HGV medical:
When it comes to the HGV driver medical test, eyesight tops the list. As a matter of fact, the requirements are a bit strict compared to other car drivers. The driver must be able to see properly through each eye without corrective lenses. However, the truth is that if by chance you have completely lost vision in one eye, you may still be eligible to drive professionally only if you can pass the vision test.
• Nerve Problems
Nerve problems are known to cause serious problems to all drivers. As such, when it comes to HGV medical examinations, the physician will try to examine if the person is suffering from any nerve problem. As such, they will be asked related questions such as memory problems, blackouts, seizures, epilepsy and others.
• Mental Health
Professional drivers must have good mental health. As such, the physician will want to discuss all mental health-related questions with you. This will include, cognitive impairment, dementia, psychiatric issues, and even depression.
• Drugs and Alcohol
It is common knowledge that it is illegal to operate HGV when intoxicated (drugs or alcohol). With this in mind, it has become almost impossible for a chronic drug or alcohol user to hold the HGV driving position. During the medical test, doctors will look for signs showing chronic drug or alcohol use.
There is always a concern for drivers who need regular insulin to control diabetes. However, the condition does not automatically disqualify a person from becoming a professional driver; but diabetes must be well managed.
• Heart Conditions
Heart problems is a recipe for a disaster and this is a fact, not matter seriousness. As such, a physician will perform a medical test to identify if the person has a heart problem such as Aneurysms, murmurs, peripheral arterial disease, and others.
• Sleep Disorders
There is a research that shows sleep disorders are among the leading causes of severe accidents among HGV drivers. As a matter of fact, the leading being lack of sleep. As such, medical examination regarding sleeping must be conducted. However, with sleeping disorders, it does not mean automatic disqualification, as long as the problem can be managed.