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Driving and hypertension

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Group 1 entitlement:

  • May drive and need not notify the DVLA, except:
    • Must not drive if diagnosed with malignant hypertension until condition has been effectively treated or controlled but need not notify DVLA. (Malignant hypertension: elevation in systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 180 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure greater than 110 mm Hg associated with evidence of progressive organ damage)

Up-to-date details guidance may be obtained from the publication "At a Glance Guide to the Current Medical Standards of Fitness to Drive" and the website


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