Work with the DVLA to provide guidance for drivers who may have OSA or OSAS

Following feedback from drivers who were unclear of the guidelines for driving if OSA is suspected, the Group collaborated with the DVLA to provide answers to questions surrounding driving and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS). This is particularly important for vocational drivers, not least because the condition is particularly prevalent among HGV drivers.

This resulting document, “Sleep Apnoea and Driving, the facts” has been approved by both the Medical and the Policy teams at the DVLA. It offers answers to the most commonly asked questions surrounding driving and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS). One of the OSA Partnership Group’s objectives is to encourage a more open approach to the problem of OSAS and to make it easier for drivers to come forward if they believe they have symptoms.

The document reflects these objectives. It has been produced to provide clear guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of OSA or OSAS, particularly if you are a commercial driver. “Sleep Apnoea and Driving, the facts” can be found here.

 


"Our work has shown that falling asleep at the wheel, due to OSA, is one of the most likely causes for them having a serious road accident, with all the implications, not only for them and other road users, but also for those drivers’ families".Professor Jim Horne, Sleep Research Centre, Loughborough University.