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Can I drive an LGV or a PCV if I have a heart condition?

Most heart conditions will disqualify you from driving a large goods vehicle (LGV), such as a lorry, or a passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV), such as a bus.

Letting the DVLA know

If you plan to drive a LGV or PCV you must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about any heart conditions.

You can fill in this DVLA leaflet and send it to the address on the form, or call them on 0300 790 6806.

If you don't tell the DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving:

  • you can be fined up to £1,000
  • you may be prosecuted if you are involved in an accident

Different DVLA advice applies to cars, mopeds and motorbikes.

Read more information about when you can drive again if you have a heart condition.

Suspension of your licence

How long you're disqualified from driving can vary, depending on your condition. For example:

  • heart attack – the DVLA will suspend your licence for at least six weeks, or until you're fully recovered
  • coronary artery bypass surgery (an operation that diverts blood around narrow or clogged arteries or blood vessels) – you're disqualified for at least three months
  • coronary angioplasty (an operation that widens narrowed blood vessels leading to your heart) – you're disqualified for at least six weeks
  • angina – you're disqualified from driving while your symptoms continue, and you must be symptom-free for at least six weeks before you can drive again

Get your GP's advice

You cannot drive again unless your GP agrees you're fit to do so. Your GP will assess:

  • how well you're recovering from your heart attack or operation
  • whether any symptoms are under control
  • if you have any other condition that would affect your driving, such as some types of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)

You will also need to pass an exercise test on a bicycle or treadmill before the DVLA will reissue your driving licence. You may be asked to take the exercise test at your local hospital or GP practice.

What if I have a different heart condition?

If you have a different heart condition, such as a heart valve condition, your GP can advise you about:

  • if you should drive
  • whether you need to tell the DVLA about your condition

Further information:

Page last reviewed: 18/06/2015

Next review due: 17/06/2017