Hi Jenegade,I don't know about anywhere else but in NZ the law is:
1. Licence is revoked as soon as you have one seizure, epileptic or not, and your neurologist files the paperwork for this to happen to the land transport safety association in the government.
2. If you are caught driving you get charged with reckless endangerment on the spot, fined and have your car impounded.
3. Your neurologist has the right to call the police if they suspect you have been driving, you go to court then instead of getting an instant fine.
4. You can't act as a supervisor for a driver on their restricted licence, and same charges apply as driving yourself, minus the impound, but the driver also gets a fine for not having a valid supervisor, we are classed as "impaired".
5. A year after your last seizure your licence is renewed, except where there is sufficient evidence that the original seizure was a one off event unlikely to occur, then it gets reduced to six months.
For example a friend of mine was electrocuted by a malfunctioning electric fence and had a seizure, had never had one before that and hasn't had one since, but he had to wait for six months before getting his licence back.
I am currently into my second year with no licence, and as of yesterday I have exactly a year to go until I get it back lol, until the next seizure resets the clock.
It does sound like a pretty extreme law, but every epileptic I have talked to who has tried to drive within that time period has crashed because of a seizure. Some were minor fender benders, others were pretty serious, so I think its a fair law.
The short answer is that they don't. The long answer is you would be seeing your neuro at least a few times within that year anyway and unless you lie to your neuro, which would be stupid because they would be under the impression your treatment was working and not do anything about it, they at least have a time frame for the last seizure. They also don't just give your licence back your neuro has to sign off that you are medically fit to be driving again, and even it's not a guarantee you'll get it back straight away esp if it's not the first medical disqualification you've had.Hi Jenegade,
So how does "the law" actually know when you have had your last seizure?
Or do you guys over in nz have to go to your neuro after every time?
I am 73 years old. I have never driven or wanted to drive because of my epilepsy. We always move to a place that is close to a bus stop. Walking is good exercise as well.Old people shouldn't be driving
Likewise i got my first liscence at 17 and returned it long before i was 18 the law says 12 months seizure free and you can have it back but in my early twenties for years id go 11 3/4months then bang on the floor untill i just gave up hoping for itI got my driver's license when I was 16, kind of a rite of passage. I didn't know anyone who couldn't drive because of a medical condition, then. I was an arrogant teenager. I haven't driven since I woke up, two months ago, with sore calves and a bitten tongue. On Monday, after having had my second seizure, I turned in my Driver's license. I'm a grown up, not an arrogant teenager. I agree with my doctor when he says I shouldn't be driving.