Is it OK to inform the DVLA or DVA if an alcohol-dependent patient continues to drive, despite repeated warnings?

Yes, if a patient continues to drive despite your advice you would be justified in informing the DVLA/DVA, but you should try to warn the patient of your intentions and notify them in writing afterwards. You can disclose relevant medical details to the DVLA/DVA's medical advisers in confidence.

To learn more, read our guide to assessing fitness to drive.

You can also take our e-learning course on fitness to drive and reporting concerns - free for members.

This page was correct at publication on 17/03/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.