From January 2016, the DVLA guidance on safe driving with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome has changed (see “At a Glance Guide” available from DVLA website). As a legal obligation, the new guidelines have been formulated in order to comply with the conclusions of a European Union OSA Working Group, published in 2013. There is now inclusion of sleep test measurements, notably the apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI), in an attempt to guide decision making.


It is anticipated that implementation of the new guidelines may cause confusion among sleep clinicians. The BSS and other interested parties are hoping to obtain further clarification from the DVLA in due course. Further updates will be communicated.


The BSS Committee


Regulations on Sleep Apnoea and Driving


Obstructive sleep apnoea and other conditions which cause excessive sleepiness can increase your risk of having an accident when driving. If you suffer from symptoms that affect your ability to drive safely then it is your legal responsibility not to drive until your symptoms have improved. You may also need to inform the DVLA. For more information follow this link to the DVLA website


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