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As of March 2013, the law in England, Wales and Scotland states that if you have epilepsy, you will be considered for a driving license if:

  • You have been seizure-free for at least one year.
  • You only have seizures during sleep and have had only this type of seizure for at least one year.
  • You experience a seizure when your medication regime is changed but then return to the regime that successfully controlled your seizures and then remain seizure-free for 6 months.
  • You have seizures that do not affect your consciousness (you are able to apply for a licence while you are still having seizures as long as this is the only seizure type you experience and this has been the case for the past year).

These are only guidelines and each application will be considered and reviewed individually. For more information about the guidelines on driving and epilepsy, please visit the DVLA website.

Public transport

If you have epilepsy, you should be entitled to discounted fares.

However, only one discount card will apply per transaction and you cannot combine railcard discounts.

Disabled Persons Railcard

If you have epilepsy you should be entitled to the ‘Disabled Persons Railcard’ which gives you third off most rail fares across the UK. If you are travelling with another adult, you can also get third off their fare too.

The card costs £20 per year or £54 for 3 years. Visit the Disabled Persons Railcard website.

Young Persons Railcard

To qualify, you must be aged between 16 - 25 or a full time student. It will save you a third off most rail fares across the UK. Some restrictions apply at peak times. The card costs £28 per year, or £65 for 3 years. Visit the Young Persons Railcard website.

Bus passes

These differ with every local service provider. Have a look on your local council website to see what is offered in your area.

You will usually find you are entitled to either free or discounted bus travel if you have epilepsy or are a student.

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