HGV Medicals – Everything You Need to Know

And not just HGV Medicals, but also taxi medicals and LGV medicals too!

As part of UK law, all HGV drivers are required to be in reasonably good health to legally operate commercial vehicles on the country’s roads. That means that every new HGV driver must undergo an official HGV medical exam by a registered doctor in the UK, the results of which are submitted to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). All HGV drivers are required to undergo the medical every time their HGV licence comes up for renewal.

What is the HGV medical test?

The HGV medical is done in two parts.

Part 1: The interview

This is an informal meeting between the doctor and the candidate where they discuss any pre-existing medical conditions that may have an effect on safely driving a HGV. The candidate’s medical history is also discussed and candidates are required to be frank and upfront and not withhold any information that may be relevant. If at a later date it is found that the candidate was dishonest or held back relevant information then it could result in prosecution.

Part 2: The physical examination

This is where the candidate will be physically examined by the doctor. The doctor will check a number of things such as vital signs and vision. Whilst carrying out the examination, the doctor completes an official DVLA form that will be sent directly to them once the examination has been completed. The entire exam should take no more than about 30 minutes.

What is checked during the HGV medical?

Heart conditions

Doctors check candidates for a range of heart conditions including aneurysms, murmurs and other potential conditions. Even the most insignificant heart problems can lead to serious problems in the future which is why a thorough check is necessary.

Diabetes

Being diabetic does not automatically disqualify a candidate from becoming a HGV driver. The doctor will check whether or not the condition is well-managed and if it is, there isn’t usually a problem.

Sleep disorders

Lack of sleep is one of the major causes of accidents amongst HGV drivers. The doctor will therefore look for signs and signals of any sleep disorders. As well as this, the candidates should be completely honest with any sleep disorders they suffer from. A sleep disorder does not necessarily mean automatic disqualification as many can be managed successfully.

Neurological problems

This looks at things such as seizures, blackouts, memory problems, epilepsy, narcolepsy, strokes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. An important part of the exam as neurological problems such as these could have serious consequences for a driver.

Mental health

The doctor will discuss any current or previous mental health issues such as depression, dementia or psychiatric issues. It is essential that HGV drivers are in good mental health and candidates have to disclose any issues.

Drugs and alcohol

During the medical, the doctor will look for any signs and symptoms of chronic drug and alcohol use. This is because it is illegal to drive a HGV with either alcohol or drugs in the system.

Eyesight

HGV drivers need to be see adequately with each eye with or without wearing spectacles/contact lenses. However, those with complete vision loss in one eye may still be able to pass this part of the medical is they can pass the vision test.

Who can carry out the HGV medical?

Any doctor in the registered in the UK can carry out a HGV medical, although using your local GP can often take longer due to waiting times. Here at DermaShine, we carry out HGV medicals, taxi medicals or LGV medicals for just £40 and can arrange an appointment for you almost immediately. Experienced in these tests, we can ensure that your medical will be processed in a timely manner whilst not costing the earth.

Book your HGV medical, taxi medical or LGV medical NOW: Call 01392 690777 or email client@dermashine.co.uk.