While the use of flash glucose monitoring grows in popularity, Group 2 (lorry and bus) licence users are being warned that this method is not recognised by DVLA when reviewing their blood glucose levels.
There are currently 1,428 drivers with Type 1 diabetes who hold a Group 2 driving licence, who must submit three months’ worth of blood glucose readings for their independent assessment. This must be recorded on a blood glucose monitor, through finger-prick tests – flash glucose monitoring is not recognised for driving purposes for Group 2 licence holders. Group 2 drivers must continue to finger-prick test twice a day by law even when they do not drive.
If Group 2 drivers use flash, DVLA guidance recommends that these individuals must also continue to test finger-prick glucose for driving purposes. In addition, some of these drivers are also being denied test strips by their GPs, unaware of the DVLA guidance.
The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists urges this guidance to be made clear to people accessing and prescribing flash glucose monitoring.