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Johnnie M

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  • Birthday 14/06/1960

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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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  1. Sorry to hear of your troubles. In this instance I have to admit that I don't really know what the issue is as I have absolutely no idea what an 'optic disc drusen' is and how it affects your sight. Keep trying and hopefully you'll have a result after a while. DVLA take their time for sure and they are very behind with their paperwork, as you may have seen reported in the press! Good luck! JM
  2. Amazing news Kerry! I love this site and the fact that there really is help out there. It kept me going during the long wait to get my licence back. That you should never give up hope is the real point we try to get across. Another success story helps strengthen that view. I hope the little one arrives without trauma and that your partner maintains good health. There are some amazing drives in Scotland. The NC500 comes to mind (although I suspect it is pretty busy just now, what with all the 'staycationing' going on). Up hill and down dale but always happy to drive anywhere. I remember the day I got my first sports car - TVR - My wife asked me to pop out for some milk. 50 miles and 90 minutes later I got back. 'Appy as Larry, as we say down south. Onwards and upwards!
  3. Tony Welcome to BGT. I am sorry to hear of your nervousness but you should take great comfort in the fact that you are way ahead of most 'licence losers' that come here for advice. Many/most of us have had our licences revoked rather than taking the (purely personal) decision to hand them in. I would suggest that you focus positively on the test you have to take at Specsavers (we all had to do it!) and tell yourself that it will be a positive outcome. In the 18 odd months it took me to get my licence back I never lost the idea that I would get my licence back at some point. And eventually I did. You have the support of a consultant and you have already passed a test so why do you think you wont pass this one? Nervousness doesn't affect the eyes. Just do the test, focus on the spot in the middle and press the button when you see a light dot. Easy! Good luck fella and let us know how you get on. JM
  4. John It seems that progress is being made and from prima facie evidence (albeit verbal) you seem to have quite good results. I'm afraid that you are experiencing the sort of delays we all experience with the DVLA so there's no surprises there. They aren’t picking on you, it is merely the way things are there, compounded by the Covid shambles of course! Expect to wait for some time but don't be afraid to call every other day just to find out how the review is going. I had, eventually, to make a formal complaint as I was told I was a priority case yet heard nothing for weeks. The complaint will take around three weeks for them to deal with but once it has been received (don't rant in your letter, just put the facts down) then you will have a case officer and a case reference so that you can push forward. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the test results with prove favourable and that you will either get your licence back or get sent for a driving assessment. Good luck
  5. Kerry Thanks for posting the results. I don't think this will be acceptable to the DVLA and in normal circumstances the licence will be revoked as there are too many 'unseen' spots close to the central field of vision. The 'spin' on your case is that the 'event' which caused the loss of vision allegedly happened more than 12 months ago. I say allegedly as I am not sure how definite the medical experts can be on when the event happened and whether DVLA start the 12 month timeline from the date they were informed (if a definitive date cannot be confirmed. I imagine you found my posts explaining what each of the 'exceptional case' rules are and that this is the information you wish to send to DVLA? I think that this is the best thing for you to do. Cover all of the requirements in full (as best you can) and see what their response is. If your doctors can be specific about exactly when the event caused the loss of vision then all the better. All the information you send should be reviewed by medical professionals at DVLA but the corollary will be that your partner is likely to be asked to take a driving assessment. If that happens then come back to let us know and we can go through the likely content of the assessment (it isn't like a first driving test!). If you have any queries about the exceptional case rules then let me/us know. JM
  6. Hi Kerry If DVLA are happy to accept private tests from Specsavers then that is great and it will certainly give you a head start. I presume that the test results will be sent by you to DVLA? Explain that your partner has been driving for more than 12 months since the stroke/defect appeared (with no driving incidents presumably?). This may be taken as mitigating circumstances if he is on the cusp or revocation of the licence due to the confirmed visual defect. Just because there is some defect doesnt mean the licence will be revoked as it very much depends on the extent of the visual field loss and where the blind spots are. Whether or not he has to wait 12 months and use the exceptional circumstances rule is up to the DVLA but when you send the results in, use that chance to send a doctors report detailing when the defect occurred and why. Also get a report from Doctor/employer/professional occupational therapist that he is capable of carrying out all normal day to day activities such as dressing, crossing the road, shopping etc etc so that they already have that information when they make their decision. It might also be sensible to get the doctor to confirm that there has been no recurrence of the stroke event that caused the visual defect. I hope that all goes well for you. He will get his licence back so long as the defect is not too severe or centred around the middle of his vision. I am not a doctor and only have experience of dealing with this exact problem. I am happily driving around but it took 22 months to get there! Another thing re his work. Could he partner with another engineer? Does his employer have 'unfit to work' insurance. It's worth asking the employer now exactly where he stands. Take away the conjecture and you take away worry where worry is pointless. Good luck!
  7. Kerry AB, Firstly I am so sorry to hear about your partner's experience (tinged with the being happy that you have a little one on the way!) but depending on the results of the Esterman field test (if the DVLA ask you to take one) you may well find that he is able to keep his licence, espcially as he has been driving for some months, despite the field of vision defect. May I suggest that you come back here once you have heard from the DVLA. You can then appraise us of what their advice is and we can advise as to what the way forward may be for you. The DVLA took 2 days to revoke my licence when they received the results of my Esterman test,. Your partner's results may well be better than mine (I had blind spots near to the middle of my vision) and he may be lucky and retain his licence. If this is not the case then we may be able to help. A word of warning, whatever the DVLA decides is exactly what you have to put up with. I think there is an appeal process and there is certainly a, 'exceptional case' process so please don't give up. Be positive and try not to fret. We will help at whatever stage your partner finds himself. Finally, read the threads in this section. There has been much success in people getting their licences back when they have been revoked (me included). You'll find some really helpful threads here. Johnniem
  8. What a nightmare for you. I was sorry to read all that. I looked up the Goldman test and it is done to establish your peripheral vision. I did a similar thing at my driving assessment and it was very much focussed on reaction times. I sat in a test bed that was like sitting in a car drivers seat, with a matrix of lights in front of me. The idea was to press the brake as soon as possible when you see a red light. It means you need to move your head around. However, the Goldman test may well involve fixing your gaze on one spot and seeing how much you can see with the peripheral vision (similar to the Esterman Test you did at Specsavers. So in summary, I don't really know but google helped a little bit! Good luck and let us know how things turn out. It would be good to have your summary of what a Goldman test is too!
  9. Wow! I have just seen the great news from Mrs K. Excellent. Of course, when you've been through the process yourself the worry and doubt is all too evident but this is really great news. I hope he has a blast out there on the roads Mrs K. Wish him all the (safe) best from us. Being without my wheels would be like having my arms cut off! I often say to my (very understanding) wife..."just off for a drive darling". She would say, "OK. Where are you driving to?" I'd respond "No idea yet, it's just about the driving." I do usually find a fun road or two though! All the best to you both.
  10. That's interesting to hear as it would be perfectly usual for the assessors to let him know their recommendations before he leaves the test centre. Did he ask? I don't want to be negative but it would be best for you to know that it may take a lot longer than two weeks for your husband to hear from DVLA. I hear that they have longer wait times at the moment due to covid restrictions on the numbers of people allowed, at any given time, in call centres. I hope he does hear within that timescale but if he hasn't heard after two weeks then please please call them, every day if necessary, to chase them up. The call centre staff at DVLA are really understanding in these situations so please don't worry about calling often. All the best and come back to tell us how he got on. JM
  11. So, how did your husband's assessment go Mrs K?
  12. Great news Mrs K! Wish him all the very best from us and report back when he has taken the test. I haven't any experience of someone here NOT passing so am fully expecting him to sail through. Make sure you ask them to email their report to the DVLA. It might take a few days for them to do the report but just be patient. Don't let him drive again until after he has received the go-ahead from DVLA as his temporary licence falls away after he has done the assessment. All the very best to him. JM
  13. Welcome Mrs Klopp. You will see a post on 18th June 2018 above, from Karl. His explanation is pretty full so is a good start to understanding what is required on the day. I also had an assessment in 2018 and there is very little to add to what Karl has related. Hopefully your husband has a provisional licence to use not just on the day of the assessment but right up until the assessment. If so, make sure he gets out with you (if you have a full clean driving licence) or someone else to get some practice in and make sure he is fully confident for his assessment. What Karl says is right; so long as your husband manages to follow road signs and keep within the speed limit (they may well take him through a 20 mph zone so he needs to keep his eyes peeled for that!). It is really all about what your husband notices, or more importantly, not notices, when he is out on the road. They asked me what a road sign meant. It was a national speed limit sign so I was lucky that I knew it was 60 mph on a single lane road (70 on a two lane road). The initial tests in the test centre are cognitive tests but they are very simple and are not particularly relevant to driving. They will check the strength in his feet and his ability to look over his shoulder (for obvious reasons). The second set of test will be on a driving machine set up and these will be tests to see his reaction times. When the red light comes on - press the brake etc. These reactions need to be achieved in a certain timescale. I managed to get within the time criteria so they were happy with what I achieved. When you have a visual defect, it means you cannot rely on field of vision to capture all that you should be seeing. This is the bit I found most challenging. I really wouldn't worry about it Mrs K! Your husband will be fine. Please come back and ask more question if there are any gaps. Let us know when he has had the test. They will tell him after the test if they are happy to recommend to the DVLA he gets the licence back. However, it is only the DVLA who can make the final decision so he will have to push them. Ask the test centre to email the DVLA so that the information gets to them sooner. They will still take ages to confirm their decision but your husband will at least be able to ask them if they have the information yet. Keep on at them too! I called every other day and they are fine with that. Happy driving times ahead!! JM
  14. John Sorry to hear of the trauma's you have been experiencing with the DVLA. It is not a surprise though as you will realise that the Covid pandemic has caused all sorts of problems. My understanding is that under the 'exceptional case' rules, you can get your licence back if you can show (by obtaining an Esterman Test - which you had at Specsavers) that your vision has improved and is no longer an issue. I imagine that if you have such evidence you should submit it now (as they say). It will still take some time for them to review it and get back to you but at least it will show them that your vision has improved. Whether or not it has improved enough, only DVLA can say. Their system, their rules I'm afraid. I posted much information about this in the thread here called 'Quadrantanopia' (which, it seems, is what you are suffering from - as was I). I feel that reading this and looking at my posts where I attached copies of letters and Esterman test results, could inform you a great deal more than trying to deal with the DVLA on the phone. If, eventually, DVLA decide that you must apply via the exceptional case rules then all the information is there and you should receive a letter much like the one I got in 2016. Since you are almost at the end of the year since you had your stroke (you need to go a full year without another 'event' to reapply, as well as jumping through other hoops - all detailed in the DVLA letter) it seems to me that you are within reach of making a reapplication anyway. Having said that, if the new tests show that you don't pass muster then the exceptional rule route requires you to have tests with opthalmic optician (of DVLA choice - local to you) and obtain reports etc about your eyesight and ability to cope without full vision. If it gets to that point we can obviously help guide you through it. Finally, I think that unless you are back to normal vision, the DVLA may well ask you to take a driving assessment. It is not like the original test that you took and involves more tests than just being on the road. Again, if this is the case, let us know and we can assist. Good luck and keep spirits up. You will get your licence back but it will take time. JM
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