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Johnnie M

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    Driving and travelling. Happily the driving thing can now happen as I had my licence returned to me on 24th May 2018 (at 4.36 pm, approximately! ;-)

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    I had every confidence that all would be fine Ally and it seems that it will be! Fantastic news! Remember to buy L Plates for your car and don't go out on your own as you wont be insured. Your passenger will need to have had a full UK licence for over three years and you can't go on motorways. I only had a couple of weeks in a car before I had my assessment but it was invaluable in convincing me that all would be fine. When you get your assessment date call them and ask for a cancellation so that you can get it done as soon as possible (unless you feel you need an extended time on a provisional). Kelly and I have recent experiences with the assessment so come back when you have had a few trips in your car and let us know how you got on. We can then give you the full modus operandi for the assessment. You don't need to wait for the actual licence before getting out on the road. Call them again and ask if it is OK to drive now. I did exactly that, they said yes, so I left work, met my wife at the station, she drove me (in my car) to Halfords and I purchased a set of L plates, stuck them on the car and was back on the road within two hours of getting a 'Yes'. Have fun on the road, concentrate and take it slowly for a while. Moreover, be safe and enjoy! It's a liberating experience.
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    Well Ally, I had all that flim flam and after a number of weeks I sent a letter of complaint (which in itself took two weeks to deal with!) but it did make a big difference and they have targets you see! My point to them was that if I am a 'high priority case' then what is it that they are doing to reflect that fact. I knew that they had had the reports they requested as they had already confirm the dates they had received them. I was also told *by various people at DVLA) that the information would be 'considered within two week' and it had already been 5 weeks so quite what 'high priority meant was beyond my understanding. Words to that effect anyway. Once the complaint had been received they seemed to be on top of it and I had a specific case officer allocated to me. I guess I was just frustrated at the lack of forward movement really! Worth a try I guess. Well, it couldnt hurt. JM
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    Hey Ally They really wont mind if you call them every day to be hones. They are fully understanding of how keen you will be to progress things and wont be at all offended for the reminder that you are still waiting. Ask if one of the managers could email the team of doctors who will be reviewing your case to see if they can chivvy it along. It wont hurt. Good luck and keep us informed. Also, stay positive, you have got this far without hurdle! JM
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    Any news Ally? The wheels of industry do turn slowly at DVLA but you may have been lucky? If you are not doing so, call them every day to see how the process is coming along with your claim. I did! JM
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    Back to Driving - Different countries

    Hey Swishy. It is good for us all to hear about rules and regulations in other parts of the world so thanks for your input. I am not a legally trained (except in Property/real estate matters) but my view is that, to protect yourself (and other road users) you should get WRITTEN confirmation from your neuro consultant that he thinks that you are OK to drive and issue a copy of that letter to your car insurers to make sure they will continue cover. If you do not do this then you are opening yourself to complications if you have an accident and the insurance company wants to be slippery about it. You may have already done this. JM
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    Great news Ally. Come back here when you get told to arrange a driving assessment. We know all about those! haha. Am off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed tomorrow and I shall be driving there myself. Yay! JM
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    Medical Driving Assessment

    Fan bloomin' tastic Karl! It is such a buzz to read all that. I relived my own assessment of 2nd May as I was reading your excellent summary of events. Mine was slightly different in that I had to do a 'reaction' and 'decision making' tests on a driving test bed. Hitting the brake when you see a red lights (that was difficult because, like you, I don't have a full field of vision!) and hitting either brake or accelerator when certain combinations of green or red lights flash up. Reaction times were critical and a graph was issued to the DVLA of my results. I was surprised when told that the only real test of any importance was the on-road test. I am not quite sure that this is the case but I certainly started it with some trepidation and felt super confident when I got back to base. I was told I had done well and that it was a 'nice drive'. They seemed particularly impressed that I knew the meaning of a road sign (National speed limit on a single carriageway) but more so that I knew it was 60mph speed limit. I was told that most people don't answer that! Oh well. I also managed to spot a 20 mph speed restriction, which went down well. I am pretty sure that in a week or two you'll be back on the road again without restrictions. It's a life changer. I have been out pretty much every day since I got my licence back. Can't help myself!! Well done!!
  8. Finollie. If I now reading things correctly, you have had your licence revoked AFTER you had the Esterman test at Specsavers in May 2018? If that is the case then you need to get on to the DVLA to let them know that you would like to understand if you will be able to apply for your licence back under the exceptional case rules. I have already posted what those rules are in my last post but you wont be able to apply using these rules until you are 'event' free for a year. Since you have already been event free I would suggest that you call DVLA and find out what it is you can do to get your licence back. I never passed the field of vision test to get my licence back and probably never will; hence the need to jump through the exceptional case hoops! So long as things are done methodically I was always of the opinion that I would get my licence back. And I did! I wish you all the best with it. Always ask more questions if you need to. Keep us informed!
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    My wife has one. She is 54 and has known about it for over three decades. She has been told not to worry about it.
  10. Welcome Finollie. It sounds like a right old muddle to me. You must be so frustrated, not surprisingly in the circumstances!! Specsavers are the people that DVLA revert to for the initial visual field test (called an Esterman test) after the loss of vision. If it were me I would be hanging my hat on that test and applying for a new licence using, as you mentioned, the exceptional case rules. I attach a part copy of the letter (inc the exceptional case rules) that were issued to me when my licence was revoked in November 2016 following a poor result with Specsavers. If you apply the DVLA to have your licence reinstated then the first thing they will do is to send you to Specsavers for a test. This may result in you getting your licence back without any further ado and the licence will come back to you within a couple of weeks. If the Specsavers test doesn't do the trick they may well put your through the 'exceptional case' criteria; at which point there are some hoops through which one must jump. See attached list of criteria, all of which must be passed. Item 1 you have already passed so this is merely a date which you'll have to inform them in the accompanying letter. Item 2. You will need a letter from your doctor/consultant confirming that the 'event' was an isolated incident and there are no other reasons why you should have a similar 'event' in the future. You may already have a letter that shows this. Items 3, 4, 5 and 6 can all be dealt with by way of an appointment with a neuro opthalmologist. The DVLA will send you a letter asking you to make an appointment with such a consultant (they will choose one in your area - it may take 2 - 3 months to get an appointment!) and they will cover these areas and report back direct to the DVLA (they will do another, perhaps more rigorous, Esterman, field of vision test). Item 7 requires a letter/report from your doctor and/or an occupational therapist that confirms that you are able to do everything in your everyday life without the loss of vision causing an issue (getting dressed, cooking, going shopping, crossing the road etc etc). Once you have passed all these above criteria the DVLA will ask you to attend a driving assessment. It sounds like you'll pass with flying colours. I am pretty sure that the DVLA will let you have your licence back but you need to apply for it back. Out of interest, who revoked the licence? Was it the DVLA? If so, have they not issued you with a letter revoking the licence? If not, I would call them directly and speak to someone about it. If you have a case number then have that to hand as you'll need to quote it. If not then just tell them what you've told us. It all seems a bit of a nonsense to me. The DVLA is the ONLY arbiter of whether you can drive or not. Call them on 0300 790 6806. Good luck and let us know how you get on!! JM scan.pdf
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    Medical Driving Assessment

    Welcome indeed Karl. We would love to hear how it went for you. It would help others who have to face it and hopefully give hope in an uncertain situation. I had to undergo an assessment, probably much the same as yours, a few weeks ago and I am pleased to report that I got my licence back on 26th May 2018, about two and a half weeks after I took the assessment. It usually takes about two weeks for the report to be issued by the assessing centre to the DVLA. The DVLA take at least four days to get the report onto their system and issue to the medical team. Thereafter it is just a guess as to how quickly the medical team review the report and make the final decision. Don't be concerned about calling the DVLA every day after about two weeks to see how the application is progressing. They are very kind when you call and understand your frustrations in wanting to get back on the road. The assessors will have told you how you got on and if all went well on the day I am pretty certain that you will get your licence back. We are keeping our fingers crossed for you. Let us know how you get on! JM
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    DVLA Exceptional Cases ?

    Lyne It seems like your Son is in your very capable hands. Please feel free to ask questions about the driving assessment as and when it comes. You may apply for a licence 8 weeks before the end of the year following the 'event'. JM
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    Dear Penny By the sound of it you have had your licence revoked because of the seizure. I had mine taken because I failed the visual test as well as having the stroke. They also made we wait one year before I could reapply for my full licence to be returned but this was because they need to know that you have been seizure/stroke free for one year. You will need to look at the letter you received from the DVLA to see what they expect of you after one year. You are correct in that you can apply 8 weeks before the end of the year. I would strongly urge you to do this as it will save you time. It will still take a long time for the DVLA to deal with your case. I put my application in on 1st August 2017. I got my licence back last Thursday (24th May 2018). If you are able to take a photo of your letter (no need for personal details just the paragraph which tells you how to get your licence back) then we can hopefully help or make suggestions as to what you could do to pre-empt what the DVLA might require of you. Best of luck!
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    Well, it happened. At last it happened! Last Thursday afternoon (it may have been around 4.36!) the DVLA called me to say that the medical team dealing with my case had approved me getting my licence back following all the information they had received from the various clinicians and lately from the driving assessment centre. I was allowed back on the roads from midnight on Friday 25th. I duly rose at 6.00 am on the Saturday and pretty much bashed out 300 miles over the weekend, in both my car and my wife's which I had never driven. As I have stated on many occasions, it the waiting that is the biggest frustrations but if the matter is approached with commitment then there is no reason why some of us cannot get our licences back, subject to meeting the correct criteria required by the DVLA as is relevant to YOUR case. Thanks goodness that's over!! JM
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    DVLA Exceptional Cases ?

    Hey Lyne, I feel so very sorry for your son. At 20 years old he must think his freedom has been cut off by not being able to drive! I am 57 and it has been torture for me as I love my driving so much! Anyway, if he can get onto the 'exceptional case' stream then I think there may be hope. I cannot, however, be certain as each case is viewed differently (hence the need for such a detailed review of each case by the DVLA, who have to rely on reports from experts rather than reviewing each individual themselves). Let us know how he gets on with his appointment at Sheffield. It would also be useful to know whether the letter revoking his licence offered the chance for him to reapply after one year under the 'exceptional case' criteria. If the letter did say this then the DVLA will consider him again but only subject to all the detailed criteria being met. Fingers crossed for the lad! JM