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Losing my licence meant I lost my independence

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 12 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2331

Since the publication of this article by Zoe Barber (BMJ 2020;369:m1405, doi:10.1136/bmj.m1405), the DVLA has revised its guidance on driving after a seizure.

In light of evidence presented by the author to the Secretary of State’s Medical Advisory Panel at the DVLA, the DVLA now considers eclampsia an exception in the provoked seizures category (, under the tab “show all updates”).

This means women in the UK do not need to inform the DVLA or surrender their driving licences for six months following a confirmed diagnosis of eclampsia.

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