Group 2 licence holders ‘must be told’ flash glucose monitoring is not legally recognised
Healthcare professionals are being urged to warn lorry and bus drivers with type 1 diabetes that flash glucose monitoring is not recognised for Group 2 licence holders.
According to ABCD, there are currently 1,428 drivers in the UK who have type 1 diabetes and also hold a licence for driving a lorry or bus.
Several years ago, the law was changed to allow insulin treated individuals with diabetes to hold a Group Licence and drive (Lorry or Bus). DVLA produced regulation that Group 2 drivers must continue to finger prick test twice a day even when they do not drive.
The DVLA introduced a new system of assessment for these drivers in 2012, which requires an independent specialist in diabetes, who is not routinely involved in day to day care of these individuals, to carry out individual assessment of the person.
Group 2 drivers are required to have three months’ worth of blood glucose readings when they see the independent assessor and this evidence must be recorded on a blood glucose monitor, through finger prick tests.
If Group 2 drivers use flash glucose monitoring, DVLA guidance recommends that these individuals must also continue to test finger prick glucose for driving purposes. In addition to this, some of these drivers are also being denied test strips by their GPs, unaware of the DVLA guidance.
In a post on the ABCD website Dr Dinesh Nagi said: “ABCD would like to urge specialist diabetes teams to ensure that this guidance is made clear to people who are being given access to FSL for monitoring purpose and primary care colleagues ensure that an ample supply of test strips is being made available.”