DRIVING

 

For driving licence purposes you must inform the Licensing Authority if you have had a change in your medical circumstances or have had, for example, any of the following,  

 

  • An epileptic event (seizure or fit) within the last 12 months

  • Sudden attacks of disabling giddiness, fainting, blackouts or narcolepsy

  • A serious problem with memory

  • A serious problem with confusion

  • Any severe psychiatric illness or mental disorder

 

Any other condition, mental or physical, likely to cause the driving of a motor vehicle to be a danger to yourself or the public.

 

Failure to notify any relevant changes of medical conditions is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

 

Excerpts above taken from form DH1 “changes of circumstances for medical reasons document”

 

For a Group 2 licence different conditions apply, for further information, download the Manx legislation document (current at 14:05:15) which refers to the relevant legislation for  both Group 1 and 2 licences

 

Links to relevant forms:

For Driving Licence applications:  http://www.gov.im/media/50879/dl1.pdf

Change of circumstances for medical reasons: http://www.gov.im/media/28747/supplementarymedicalinformation.pdf

 

 

 

BUS PASSES

 

Currently (14:05:15) laws regarding Bus passes are under review.

 

If you do not drive because you have epilepsy and either have had a seizure within the last 12 months or consider that the act of driving might provoke a seizure in some circumstances, you may apply for a bus pass, provided that you no longer possess a current driving licence.  (See driving licence legislation above).

 

In these circumstances, you should completed the form that you can find at: http://www.gov.im/media/716017/bp_application_mwhv_020114.pdf ,

alternatively contact the Welcome Centre on the ground floor of the Sea Terminal, Douglas. Tel: +44 1624 662525 .

 

Should your circumstances change and you successfully apply for, or reapply for the return of, your licence, your bus pass will be withdrawn.  The procedure for notifying the Department of Health and Social Security about this, will be explained to you if you are granted the bus pass.

 

When you complete the application form for a bus pass, please give details about why having epilepsy is the reason for you not having a driving licence.  Include in this any advice you may have been given by your doctor, if relevant. If you need more space allowed by  the box currently labelled as “Please explain the nature of your disability…..”, attach a separate page to your application, and write in the box that you have included additional information on a separate page.

 

Please contact us by email: epsaiom@manx.net or phone 314310 if you need further advice

 

 

PRESCRIPTIONS

 

All prescriptions are free of charge for people with epilepsy who require anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs)

 

They are also free for those receiving Incapacity Benefit for a period of more than six months, or who receive “Employed Person’s Allowance”   Application forms are available from pharmasists

 

If you do not qualify for free prescription and yet have regular NHS prescriptions consisting of more than one drug per month, you may reduce the costs of these by purchasing a Prepayment Certificate (season ticket).    Please ask your local pharmacist for details of this scheme. An application form is also avaiilable at: http://www.gov.im/media/29460/prescription_prepay_form.pdf

 

 

 
 
 

Isle of Man Epilepsy Association, IOM Charity registration No. 648

 

Contacts: , EPSA IOM, 10 Derwent Drive, Onchan, Isle of Man IM3  2DG

Tel:  07624 481792,   email: epsaiom@manx.net

 

  Chairperson: Bethany De Legh-Runciman,  Treasurer: Douglas Drown,  Secretary: Michael Jones

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