One of the things every HGV driver has to go through is a medical exam. Once to get your licence, and then every 5 years to keep it. This is more than just a box-ticking exercise, it’s an essential tool for ensuring the safety of everyone on the road.
The cost of the full exam with eye test in Luxmedica Clinis is just £75.
What the Exam Involves
The medical exam for becoming an HGV driver is about much more than filling in some forms. You have to go and see e doctor and have a full, physical exam and health check. While it’s good to get this done every now and then anyway, the medical exam is there to make sure you will be safe behind the wheel. The doctor will work through a checklist of paperwork, filling it in as they do the exam, before reviewing it, signing it off, and sending it directly to the DVLA for consideration. Some of the things your doctor will look at include:
- General health
- Heart and cardiovascular health
- Mental health
- Nervous system problems
- Diabetes mellitus
- History of sleep disorders
One thing the GP may focus on in particular is your vision. In order to pass the exam you will need to have adequate vision (either corrected or uncorrected) – with at least 6/9 in one eye and 6.12 in the other to pass. So you won’t be penalised for wearing glasses or lenses, as long as they are accurate for your vision. If you do need to wear glasses or lenses, you will need to wear them at all times when driving.
We perform medical exams for HGV and bus drivers, as well as for taxi drivers, every Monday.