Q&A - Driving After Seizures

Q&A ImageQuestion: A family member suffers from seizures and was told at the time by doctors that he cannot drive. The reason for the seizure was swelling due to brain tumours that have since been treated with drugs and radiation.

He was also give some prescription medication that indicated he was not supposed to drive while on it. He is now at the end of his prescription and wondering when he might be able to drive again.

I have read in some places that you cannot legally drive in BC within 6 months of having a seizure. He was told by his doctor that she would re-evaluate his ability to drive after 3 months. So far, no one has suggested taking his license away.

I was just wondering if there is a legal answer to this question, or if it up to the doctor's and their recommendations, and the patient's responsibility to follow doctor's orders.

Any clarity would be appreciated.

Driver Medical Fitness

General driver medical fitness information is available in RoadSafetyBC's area of the provincial government website.

B.C. drivers are subject to the CCMTA Medical Standards for Drivers with B.C. Specific Guidelines.

Intracranial Tumors

Chapter 10 of the guide deals with tumours in the upper portion of the skull. Depending on the outcome of treatment, people may still retain their driver's licence.


Chapter 17 of the guide deals with seizures and epilepsy. It refers to brain tumours.

These guidelines require that a person be seizure free for a six month period before they will be considered to resume driving.

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