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Old 04-01-2010, 23:31 PM   #1
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Driving HGV's and PSV's with type 1 diabetes
Hello just wondering if there is anyone out there like me who wanted nothing more then to hold an HGV or PSV licence but cannot due to diabetes, if there is i have found out it is possible to drive a school bus in America so long as you meet the correct medical criteria. please let me know what you have to think of the blanket ban or if you have any extra info it would be most appriciated. Kindest regards
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Old 05-01-2010, 13:17 PM   #2
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I believe a PSV licence is a total no-no for a diabetic on insulin. With regards to an HGV licence I think I have only ever heard of one insulin dependent diabetic having an HGV licence. He had the licence pre-diagnosis and had to pass a super strict medical. I imagine the medical would be repeated every 6 - 12 months. Most people on insulin have the C1 category removed (3,500 - 7,500kg). This requires a much more stringent medical to regain it. Sadly this excludes one from driving some of the larger campervans
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Old 05-01-2010, 18:09 PM   #3
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Hello Falcon 123 in the UK yes unfortnatley the maximum weight for a vehicle we can drive is 3.5 ton for passanger and upto 7.5 ton for freight but i have done masses of research into the matter as driving a bus is all i have ever wanted to do and my research has found that in America in some states we are permited to drive a bus with stingent medical checks and a letter from a GP or doctor to say we are well in control then it is possible to drive a bus. more information can be found on the ADA webiste ( american diabetes assosiation.
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Old 07-01-2010, 22:21 PM   #4
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Yes it's an arse, I disagree with a blanket ban! I used to find it useful to go hire a transit or luton size vehicle to do a few jobs, you know rob a bank and that kinda of carry on! To me my control is very good there is more chance of me falling asleep at the wheel than having a hypo, and also some people who are driving cars, well shouldn't and they get away with it for years! Grrrrr! I tried to get my C1 back, filled out the first bunch of forms and (paid) flushed the first lot of dough down the toilet, gave up at the second hurdle, too high, and too often. Sorry if I've been a bit random but you've rekindled an angry rossi! If they ever change the law or you hear of a petition then do let me know, please...

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Old 07-01-2010, 22:30 PM   #5
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Hello Rossi I completely understand about what you mean with people who are driving cars trucks and buses who really generally shouldent but i am my self trying as hard as i can to het this blanket ban removed and have the commercial licences based on individual asessement, sorry for rekindeling your angry spirit but please feel free to vent you anger on a petition that is on the number 10 downing street website under the petitions section if you know anyone else that might want to sign it please say it all helps. look after your self and who know one day it might be removed take care of your self kindest regards Busmnbob
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Old 07-01-2010, 22:55 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Busmnbob View Post
Hello Rossi I completely understand about what you mean with people who are driving cars trucks and buses who really generally shouldent but i am my self trying as hard as i can to het this blanket ban removed and have the commercial licences based on individual asessement, sorry for rekindeling your angry spirit but please feel free to vent you anger on a petition that is on the number 10 downing street website under the petitions section if you know anyone else that might want to sign it please say it all helps. look after your self and who know one day it might be removed take care of your self kindest regards Busmnbob
wallycorker has a petition up there so does alisionM they link it to this site to give it more attention...i dont know how to, but maybe one of them will catch this or help you out !! I'd sign it!! I had a nasty accident few years back on M4 in south wales ...when a very tired driver hit me up the back...as Diabetics we are probably safer as we take more note of our bodies and what they are telling us
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Old 07-01-2010, 23:08 PM   #7
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Thank you am64 i have sent a message to wallycorker so will see what happens thank you for the info and you are right people such as our selves look afterour selves we always have medical checks but hey ho sorry to hear about your experience with the tierd driver just goes to show that its not people with diabetes who cause problems eh
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Old 07-01-2010, 23:14 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Busmnbob View Post
Thank you am64 i have sent a message to wallycorker so will see what happens thank you for the info and you are right people such as our selves look afterour selves we always have medical checks but hey ho sorry to hear about your experience with the tierd driver just goes to show that its not people with diabetes who cause problems eh
good one busmn
yep the accident was abit dodgy she'd driven from lowerstoff ..round M25...along M4 and was nearly home but on a wet bank holiday early evening...we were stationary in congestion trying to go on hoilday!!she hit us at 40mph onto car infront... we were all ok thank god... but didnt get to pembrokeshire ! tend to drive in the night these days if going far!
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Old 07-01-2010, 23:18 PM   #9
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Bloody hell on your holidays aswell poor person but the main thing is you were ok you were looks a 40mph car sandwich has been known to have left people with serious injuries afterwards but so long as you got out ok shame you never got to Pembrokeshire take care
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Old 07-01-2010, 23:21 PM   #10
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Bloody hell on your holidays aswell poor person but the main thing is you were ok you were looks a 40mph car sandwich has been known to have left people with serious injuries afterwards but so long as you got out ok shame you never got to Pembrokeshire take care
very lucky bob... brilliant car..an old montego ...crushed perfectly front and back and we were in the middle totally protected! take care
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