Driving with Parkinson’s disease

By a personal approach, it is possible to request a medical examination in order to know if one is still able or not to take the wheel. The attending physician and/or neurologist may not in any case inform the prefecture for the patient. They are bound by medical confidentiality. If the doctors cannot inform the prefecture, they can nevertheless advise the patient. Once the information has been provided by the doctor, the doctor notes in the medical file that he has informed the patient about the incompatibility of his illness and conduct and the possible risks. Article R 412-6 of the Highway Code stipulates that “every driver of a vehicle must constantly be in a state and position to perform conveniently and without delay all the maneuvers incumbent on him” The decree of 21/12/2005 of the Ministry of Transport, amended by the decree of 31/08/2010 establishes the list of medical conditions incompatible with driving or conditioning the period of validity of the license. This list includes “neurological disorders due to conditions of the central nervous system externalized by motor signs, disrupting balance and coordination” Some tips:
  • Favor short trips,
  • Avoid risky situations,
  • Get comfortable,
  • Be attentive,
  • Limit sources of distraction,
  • If possible, do not drive alone.

Driving while having Parkinson’s disease is therefore quite possible.

It is up to the patient to decide to stop when his symptoms become too important and they bother him too much to drive.

You will have understood it at the early stage of the disease the driving does not pose a real concern. However, the patient must be attentive to the evolution of his disease and its impact on his driving skills.

Do not take risks for either or for others.

The decree of 28 March 2022 establishing the list of medical conditions incompatible or compatible with or without adjustments or restrictions for obtaining a driving licence has been published in today’s Official Journal. It redrafts the old decree of 21 December 2005, which it repeals. Link to the road safety website : Diabète, Alzheimer, handicaps locomoteurs ou auditif lourds… | Sécurité Routière (securite-routiere.gouv.fr)