In 2017, there were more than 4 million drivers who applied for HGV medical certificates, the highest number since the scheme began in 2014. In May 2019 the number had increased to over 4.2 million. In response, the DVLA pledged to clear the backlog for medical driving license applications. By mid-September, the backlog was cleared.
By October, the number of applications received had dropped by a third to 2.8 million. But that still left another 1.5 million applications that were not processed within 90 days. Now the Hgv medical willenhall backlog is gone, with 90% of medical applications being processed within 90 days. This means that the DVLA says that medical certificates will be issued within 21 days of the application being submitted.
If you want to apply for a medical certificate, you will need to take a medical history and complete several tests. The tests vary depending on the type of vehicle that you drive. For passenger vehicles, the tests will be more detailed and will cover aspects like your eyesight, hearing, and general health. Lorry drivers will have more straightforward tests, including ones about your blood pressure and breathing. Before taking the tests, you will need to register for a medical test. You must be registered with a health care professional. They can do this for you or you can go to their surgery yourself. The cost is usually free.