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Thousands of Diabetics could lose their right to drive

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12:01am 18th October 2011

New EU legislation affecting diabetic motorists, which is due to come into force this month (October) has come under fire from local MEP Godfrey Bloom.

The rules mean that a diabetic who has two hypos - episodes of hypoglycaemia - in a year, even while in bed, will be banned from driving.

Mr Bloom, UKIP Euro-MP said:

"Obviously road safety is a priority but there are fears that the DVLA will apply the EU directive far more strictly than other countries and potentially up to a million diabetics could lose their driving licences" .

"Most of these motorists have been driving for decades without problems and this legislation is unnecessary. This is more EU meddling in affairs of this country which should be left for our own government to decide.

"Obviously no one wants motorists on the road who poses a danger for any reason but I fear this Brussels diktat could put take some diabetics off the road who are perfectly safe".

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