Table 5

Existing regulations concerning Group 2 licences

CountryRegulationsDateDisordersInitial applicationRepeated
EDSSASNarcoPLMSIHOtherDriverDoctorOther
EU
 BY03/98+++ QY C(+)#+5 yr
 FY05/97+++++ QN++5 yr
 GBY03/98++ QY
 EY06/97++++Insomnia (hypnotics)+1 yr
Circadian rhythm disorders
 SY06/96+++RonchopathyQN C+6b10 yr¶¶
 PNƒ+ QN C+§
 AUNƒ
 DKNƒ+ C5 yr
 FIN
 GR
 I
 IRL
 LN+ C10 yr before age 50 yrs 5 yr after age 50 yrs
 NLY/N1994Disturbances of consciousness other than epilepsy+ QN+Not until 70 yrs
 D
Non-EU
 NNƒ+##+##10 yr
 CHNƒC++<50: 5 yr, >50: 3 yrs
  • EU: countries belonging to the European Union

  • Non-EU: not belonging to the EU

  • EDS: excessive daytime sleepiness

  • SAS: sleep apnoea syndrome

  • Narco: narcolepsy

  • PLMS: periodic leg movement syndrome

  • IH: idiopathic hypersomnolence

  • Y: yes

  • N: no

  • C: certificate

  • Q: questionnaire

  • QY: the questionnaire includes question(s) concerning; EDS

  • QN: questionnaire includes no question concerning EDS

  • B: Belgium

  • F: France

  • UK: United Kingdom

  • E: Spain

  • S: Sweden

  • P: Portugal

  • AU: Austria

  • DK: Denmark

  • Fin: Finland

  • Gr: Greece

  • I: Italy

  • Irl: Ireland

  • L: Luxembourg

  • NL: Netherlands

  • D: Germany

  • N: Norway

  • CH: Switzerland

  • #: only if driver is a danger for himself or others

  • : medical centre specific for driver evaluation (or restrictive list of authorised doctors in Belgium)

  • §: any doctor is allowed to report any disorder which may constitute a public hazard

  • ƒ: general rule, medical conditions that impair the ability to drive safely

  • ##: physician act and road traffic act obligate physicians (and license holders) to report to the county medical officer

  • ¶¶: after ages of 45 yrs, from a special district doctor

  • §§: includes syncope, narcoleptic episodes, cataplectic attacks, and sleep apnoea syndrome