Primary brain tumours and your right to drive

You may not be allowed to drive for a time after your diagnosis. This depends on the type and grade of the tumour, if you have had any seizures, your treatment and type of driving license.

If you normally drive, this change can be upsetting and frustrating. But it is important to follow the advice you are given.

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales you must contact the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to tell them about your illness. If you live in Northern Ireland, contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Find out more:

  • on the DVLA website or call 0300 790 6806
  • on the DVA website or call 0300 200 7861.

After treatment, you may be allowed to start driving again but this will depend on your symptoms and most recent scans. Ask your doctor for advice about your situation. Some people are allowed to drive as soon as they have recovered from treatment. Others may be allowed to drive one or two years after treatment ends.

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Risk factors and causes

There are some risk factors that increase the chances of developing a primary brain tumour.