Group 2 driving standards

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  • Group 2 licences, also known as ‘vocational licences’, are for large goods vehicles (lorries), passenger carrying vehicles (buses) and horse boxes.
  • There are driving standards depending on the type of cardiomyopathy you have, any other conditions or symptoms you have, and on whether you have an implanted device or not.

Standards depending on type of cardiomyopathy

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • If you have no symptoms you may be able to start driving again after medical assessment.
  • If you have symptoms you may only be able to start driving after your symptoms have been treated and controlled for a satisfactory period, and you have had an assessment by a electrophysiologist.
  • If you get your licence back it may be a review licence which lasts for one to three years (before being reviewed).
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window).

Dilated cardiomyopathy

  • You must tell the DVLA, (whether you have symptoms or not).
  • If you have no symptoms you may be able to continue to drive under your doctors advice while the DVLA is assessing your situation.
  • If you have symptoms you must stop driving, but may be able to start driving if the DVLA say you can (after they review your situation) as long as you meet the standards for your symptoms.
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window).
  • Information from DVLA (opens new window)

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • If you don’t have any symptoms you may be able to start driving under your doctors advice while the DVLA is assessing your situation, and if you meet certain requirements (depending on how your heart is affected). The DVLA may arrange for you to have an exercise test to check that you meet the criteria to drive. 
  • If you have symptoms you will not be able to hold a vocational driving licence. 
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window) 
  • Information from DVLA (opens new window)

Standards depending on other conditions or symptoms

Arrhythmia

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • You may be able to start driving again once your symptoms have been controlled for at least three months and you have a left ventricular ejection fraction of at least 40%. 
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window)
  • Information from DVLA (opens new window)

Heart failure

  • You must tell the DVLA.
  • If you don’t have any symptoms you can continue to drive. 
  • If you have symptoms you must stop driving and tell the DVLA. You may be able to start driving again depending on how severe your symptoms are, and you must have a left ventricular ejection fraction of at least 40%. However, the DVLA will assess your situation and may determine that you are not able to hold a vocational driving licence. 
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window)
  • Information from DVLA (opens new window)

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Standards depending on devices

Atrial defibrillator

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • If your ICD is automatic you will not be able to hold a vocational licence. 
  • If you have an ICD that you, or your doctor, activates, you may be able to drive again as long as you meet the standards for arrhythmia. 
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window) 
  • Information from DVLA (opens new window) 

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) with pacemaker

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • You may start driving again after six weeks from implantation if you meet the standards for heart failure and arrhythmia. 
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window) You will have to sign the form to show you agree to comply with the terms of the pacemaker declaration.

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) with defibrillator

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • You will not be able to hold a vocational driving licence.
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window) 

ICDs (for ventricular arrhythmia)

Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)

  • You must stop driving and tell the DVLA.
  • You will not be able to hold a vocational driving licence.
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window)

Pacemaker

  • You must tell the DVLA you have a pacemaker.
  • When your pacemaker is first implanted (or the battery is replaced) you will need to stop driving for six weeks from the date of implantation. You should be able to drive again after this, as long as you have no other condition that would prevent you driving.
  • You can notify the DVLA online: form VOCH1 (opens new window). You will have to sign the form to show you agree to comply with the terms of the pacemaker declaration.
  • Information from DVLA (opens new window)

Read the standards for Group 1 licences.

© Cardiomyopathy UK April 2017