D4 medical requirement postponed

Applications to renew PSV licences at age 45 or over currently no longer need a D4 medical report.

Due to NHS doctors no longer being able to carry out D4 medical examination reports due to the coronavirus situation, the D4 is no longer required to support a driver’s application until further notice. This will only apply if the licence has expired or is due to expire on or after 1 January 2020.

However, where a bus licence is renewed without the production of a valid D4, it will only be valid for a period of one year. This will not affect applications for renewal of licences made by those aged 65 or over as these licences are already only valid for one year.

This does not apply to any application to renew minibus (D1 (101)) entitlements included on car licences issued before 1997. Any driver who has already obtained a D4 can still submit this with their application. A licence issued in such cases would be valid for the usual full term that applies.

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