HL Deb 03 May 2001 vol 625 c131WA
Lord Harrison

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Following the recent changes in the procedures for vetting Class C1 diabetic drivers, whether they intend to introduce any further reform or to undertake any research into the reform of the regulatory system governing diabetic drivers who use motor vehicles for either leisure or business purposes. [HL1953]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty)

Further hard evidence on the risks of hypoglycaemia (reduced blood sugar level) to driving is needed before any more changes to the current arrangements can be recommended. To this end, I have initiated a research programme which will help increase our knowledge about diabetes and driving. The results of this extensive exercise will be available in two to three years. The Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes will then review the situation and consider whether any changes can be recommended for large vehicles other than those in category C1.