DVLA and GMC guidelines on 'fitness to drive' and psychiatric disorders: knowledge following an educational campaign

Med Sci Law. 1998 Jan;38(1):28-33. doi: 10.1177/002580249803800105.


This paper reports on a questionnaire study of psychiatrists' knowledge of DVLA and GMC guidelines on 'fitness to drive', following the distribution of a synopsis of the DVLA regulations by the DVLA and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In the context of a high response rate (74%) the results indicated a better level of knowledge than in previous studies. However, understanding of GMC guidelines on breaking confidentiality and the general knowledge of driving regulations amongst junior trainees remain areas of concern. Ways of addressing these deficits are suggested.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Automobile Driving / standards*
  • Confidentiality
  • England
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency*
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Psychiatry / education*