Four Week Wait
From the work that the OSA Partnership Group has undertaken, it has become apparent that many vocational drivers have a very real fear that, if they come forward to seek medical help, they risk losing their driving licence, and therefore their livelihoods.
As a result, even if they know they have symptoms, they may not go to their GP. It is important that steps are taken to change this! We feel that there is justification to fast track the treatment for those who drive for a living, both to encourage them to come forward for treatment and to safeguard the lives of other road users.
We know that under normal circumstances vocational drivers are some of the safest on our roads but sleepiness from OSA can be overwhelming, which is why we believe that vocational drivers should be treated within four weeks, a period of time that fleet operators have suggested is a manageable time to find alternative non-driving duties.
“The Four Week Wait is an incredibly important initiative as OSAS is a condition which has no respect for the great skill and experience of the drivers it can affect”.