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DVLA launches driver fatigue Q&A

  • 26 June 2013
  • By Andrew Stone

The DVLA has launched an online QA to help drivers detect symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS), a condition linked to road traffic accidents and ill health.

A new QA document called “Sleep Apnoea and Driving, the facts” seeks to answer questions they may have about the condition that is particularly prevalent among HGV drivers and is thought to be a factor in approximately 20% of motorway traffic accidents.

Jan Chandaman, acting head of medical licensing policy at the DVLA, said: “We want drivers to come forward straight away if they have any symptoms. Once they are receiving treatment and their symptoms are brought under control, driving can resume without jeopardising their safety and that of other road users.”

Those most at risk of having the condition are overweight middle-aged men and due to the sedentary nature of their job, HGV drivers seem to be at higher risk of OSAS, said the document’s authors.

Sufferers may not be aware they have the condition, caused by poor quality sleep, usually owing to impaired breathing and often associated with snoring. OSAS can be fully treated quickly and easily, however, if left untreated OSAS is likely to lead to ill-health and can shorten life expectancy.

The QA may be found at


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