For HGV drivers to legally operate heavy commercial vehicles on the roads, the law requires them to be of sound health before they take the CPC theory test. In keeping with that regulation, every new driver is expected to have their physician submit to the DVLA the HGV medical exam results as well as the driver’s D4 paperwork. Conversely, all HGV drivers should undergo a new medical exam when renewing their licence. The medical review applies to drivers in all heavy commercial vehicle categories.
What Does the HVG Medical Involve?
The driver’s medical exam comprises of two things:
1. An interview which is the initial stage where the physician discusses with the candidate about existing health issues that may impede the driver’s capacity to drive safely on the roads. The candidate’s medical history is also considered.
2. The next phase is the physical examination that takes around 30 minutes. The doctor examines the driver’s vital signs, and then fills out an official DVLA form which will then be submitted to the relevant authorities for them to assess and qualify the candidate to be on the road as an HGV driver.
Who Can Conduct the Medical?
Any qualified, registered and licensed doctor in the UK can conduct the HGV medical exam since there are no special qualifications for doing the test. As such, an HGV driver can go to a private physician or their NHS GP.
How Fit Should the HGV Driver Be?
The doctor conducting the HGV medical test will look into specific things. If you are of sound health, then you should expect a good scorecard for your test results. However, you are bound to be disqualified from driving the heavy commercial vehicles if the physician finds any serious health conditions.
Some of the things the doctor will …