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Applications for the renewal of lorry & bus driving licences during covid-19 – D4 medical suspension

In normal circumstances, an application to renew a lorry or bus licence at age 45 or over must include a medical examination report (D4) which is signed by a doctor. NHS doctors cannot currently carry out these examinations therefore lorry and bus drivers are unable to obtain D4 medical reports required to support their application.

In these special circumstances, a D4 will not be required when applying to renew a lorry or bus licence until further notice. This will only apply if the licence has expired or is due to expire on or after 1 January 2020.

Please note: A bus or lorry licence renewed without the production of a valid D4, will only be valid for a period of one year.

This will not affect applications for renewal of licences made by those aged 65 or over, as these licences are already only valid for one year.

This notice does not apply to any application to renew small lorry (C1) and minibus (D1 (101)) entitlements included on car licences issued before 1997.

Please ensure you refer to the link below, or speak to your local traffic commissioner to keep up-to-date with any changes which may affect your fleet.


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