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Hello everyone.


I'm brand new to this site and very happy to have found it.


I'm 33 and suffered a minor stroke on 9th January 2017. It left me with a visual field defect on my lower left side. After reporting it to the doctor/ DVLA my driving licence was quickly revoked. I was diagnosed with a minor stroke following an MRI.


Investigations into the cause of the stroke found a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) in my heart (a hole) and this was closed on 18th December 2017. I've had no other symptoms other than my vision issues and I've been able to go about my life as normal (other than not being able to drive).


I'm due to take a driving assessment, requested by the DVLA, next week. I was just wondering what people's experiences were of the assessment and what the pass rate is? I still feel very confident in my driving abilities even though it's been over a year since driving.


Thanks in advance.

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Hi there


warm welcome to the site, sorry just spotted this I don't drive but hope your assessment went well.


take care.

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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!



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Hello again and sorry it has taken a while for me to respond to your kind wishes and useful information.


Well, after waiting a year and a half I finally got to do my driving assessment. I had mixed emotions leading up to the day as driving is so important to me; I've realised just how important since my licence was revoked. I was both nervous and excited as I knew the assessment would ultimately determine whether or not I'd get my licence back.


I arrived at the assessment centre around 20 minutes before my appointment. All of the staff were very friendly and the receptionist even made me a cup of coffee. I was eventually called in where I met an occupational health specialist and a specialist driving assessor. They explained the reason for the assessment and what I would be doing. They already had all my medical notes from my doctors so they had a good idea how I had gotten to this point.


The assessment was split into two parts. The first part was a mental stress test. This is designed to determine how well you cope under pressure and how you process visual and audio information. It consisted of a set of small tasks which I had to completed as quickly and as accurately as possible.


These included things such as reproducing a diagram of a cube, memorizing and recalling lists of words, marking all occurrences of a particular letter in a grid of letters, etc. The difficulty of this task ia determined by your age and level of education.  It was actually quite tricky and I felt like I'd been tested after it, even though I felt I'd done well.


Then it was onto the actual driving portion of the assessment. They offered me a choice of cars and in the end I went for a 1 litre manual ford fiesta. I started off in the little test track they had on site. I did a few laps and they asked me to do a hill start and an emergency stop to make sure I had full control of the car. Once they were happy we went onto the proper roads.


They explained that it wasn't a driving test and they would not try to catch me out. I would be driving on a pre set route (about 12 miles in total) and they were not wanting me to drive like you would in a test (hands 10 and 2, not riding the clutch, etc). As long as I safely navigated the route within the speed limits they would be happy.


I was guided along the route; told where to turn, which exit to take at roundabouts, etc. I made a point of over emphasising my looks in the mirrors and over my shoulders. I also said out loud when people pulled out in front of me so that the assessors knew that I'd seen everything going on.


Half way through my drive they got me to pull over. They do this for everyone as a little break as they're aware you haven't driven for so long. At this point they give you some feedback. I was told I was driving very well by both of the assessors and to keep it it up for the second half. The second half of the drive included some independent driving where they ask you to follow the road signs to a certain location. This was absolutely fine and I made it there with no problems.


I was then directed back to the test centre. After I pulled up I went and sat back in the room where I did the first test while they had a quick discussion between themselves. They were only gone 30 seconds and when they came in they said straight away "Congratulations! You've had an excellent drive and we're happy to advise the DVLA to reissue your licence."


I was over the moon and I couldn't thank them enough. They reminded me that the decision is down to the DVLA, but they do tend to go with their recommendation 99.9% of the time. I'm convinced it's just a matter of waiting now - I've even been to look at cars!


I'm going to ring the DVLA this Friday and then ring them every day after that until they've made a decision. As soon as I know I'll let you know on here.

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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!! 

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I have just been catching up on the forums here and found that Karl seems to have gone offline for a while. Perhaps he got his licence back and was so excited that he just hopped in his car and hasn't been seen since. He could well be on a road trip to end all road trips. If he is then all is well in his world and it is worth a cheer! Go Karl!

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