Updated: Jul 16
Have you ever wondered whether a TIA – often known as a “mini-stroke” – could be the end of your career as a lorry driver? Without a doubt, operating a lorry is a massive challenge; after all, it’s a huge vehicle, and as such, you need to be fully safe to operate such heavy machinery on the roads. But what does a TIA mean for your driving career? We’ll be considering this question today to help you find out more about whether you can continue driving after a TIA as a lorry driver.s
Is a TIA the End of your Lorry Driver Career?
It’s easy to assume that suffering a TIA mini-stroke could be the end of your lorry driving career. The answer to this is odd since it’s both yes and no.
What do we mean by this? After a TIA, you will have to suspend your lorry driving career, as your licence will be revoked for roughly a year. However, you can hopefully resume your lorry driver career after this point, provided that you meet two basic requirements.
First, you must not be at significant risk for suffering a TIA again, as this could endanger other road users around you. In addition, you must not have suffered any debarring residual injuries or damages as a result of the TIA – or another condition – during that period.
If both of these criteria are met, you should be able to return to work. However, if you suffer recurrent TIAs, you may need to complete functional cardiac testing to determine if you’re safe to drive again.
While things can seem a little bleak for now if you have suffered a TIA, it doesn’t have to be a long-term issue. With this in mind, if you’ve suffered a TIA, you’ll only lose your licence for around a year. If, after the year has passed, you’re physically well and haven’t suffered any symptoms, you may be able to complete a medical to reinstate your lorry driving licence.
Ultimately, It all starts with your HGV medical.
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