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Hi I've just received the news that I have a benign Meningioma,  it's an incidental finding on an MRI for something else.   I have no symptoms, no neurological symptoms and have been driving safely so far.

I have been referred to Neurology and waiting for the first appointment.    

At what point should I let the DVLA know, if at all?  



  • Hello Edie and thank you for contacting the Online Community.

    The following is taken from https://www.gov.uk/cancer-and-driving.

    Car or motorcycle licence

    You do not need to tell DVLA if you have cancer, unless:

    • you develop problems with your brain or nervous system
    • your doctor says you might not be fit to drive
    • you’re restricted to certain types of vehicles or vehicles that have been adapted for you
    • your medication causes side effects which could affect your driving

    Ask your doctor if you’re not sure if your cancer will affect your driving.

    You must tell DVLA if your condition will affect your driving. Fill in form C1 and send it to DVLA. The address is on the form.

    You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

    If you need further information from the DVLA you can contact them here.

    I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis Edie, how are you just now? We’d be more than happy to talk things through with you.

    We have a team of cancer specialist nurses here on the support line if you have any clinical questions you’d like to ask.

    We’re also here for your emotional support Edie. Being diagnosed with a brain tumour can bring up all sorts of feelings and it can be helpful to talk about these to try and process what’s happening.

    You can call in on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm), web chat or continue to email if you’d prefer.

    The Brain Tumour Charity also supports people in your situation too so it might be worth contacting them. There number is 0808 800 0004.

    Take care.

    Alex, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.