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Driving and Parkinson's

Mark, who has Parkinson's, in his car

Having Parkinson's doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to stop driving. But there are some things you need to know about staying safe on the road.

When you are diagnosed with Parkinson's, you must contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in England, Scotland and Wales or the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland straight away. This is required by law.

We swapped the car for an automatic one. This gave my wife a new lease of life.

Graham, whose wife has Parkinson's

These organisations make every effort to ensure people with health problems can stay as mobile as possible and are safe to do so.

You may need to have a medical or driving assessment.

Take a look at our information about informing the DVLA or DVA about Parkinson's.

Parkinson's medication and driving

The side effects that some people may experience from Parkinson's drugs can affect their ability to drive, for example drowsiness.

The risk of severe drowsiness or the sudden onset of sleep due to Parkinson's drugs is low.

However, if you experience any excessive daytime sleepiness or sudden onset of sleep, you should not drive and you should inform your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse.

More information about Parkinson's medication can be found in our free Drug treatment for Parkinson's booklet.

For more information about driving when you have Parkinson's, take a look at our free Driving and Parkinson's booklet or browse the pages in this section.

Last Information Standard review May 2016. Next review May 2019.