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New diabetic driving rules


HondaMan

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In July last year, I received a letter from the DVLA which stated “We have received information from the police”. The letter went on to say that as a result of that information they “now needed to make confidential enquiries about my medical fitness to drive”.

I was required to arrange and undertake an eye test. The letter explained that if I failed to arrange this within 21 days, my licence may have to be revoked. So, I complied.

After much to-ing and fro-ing I was in due course advised that my licence was revoked from 10th November.

Following receipt of the original letter I have asked the DVLA for some or all of the following,

  1. the date time and place of the incident
  2. Which police station was involved
  3. The identity of the officer(s) concerned
  4. What was the incident

All to no avail. The DVLA’s response was simply that they “require me to complete the questionnaire” and return it but how could I? I was being asked to comment on something which may, or may not have been serious enough to call an incident and which happened at some time at some mysterious location and may or may not have been witnessed by a police officer whose location and identity the DVLA were refusing to disclose.

The way in which the DVLA has handled this matter is extremely questionable, especially as the police have, as yet, found no trace of any such report, but this will be the subject of further correspondence.

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BT

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I have Diabetes (Type2) and informed the DVLA when renewing my licence on a change of address, and there was no problem.

The other important thing you MUST do is to inform your Insurance Company, which I also did and they had no problem with continuing my policy without any penalties.

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Aitchbee

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Slightly off subject, but if anybody [in this case, someone drives a vehicle] has filled in a claim for benefits form, for the DWP [for example the ESA50 questionaire, with details of their injuries or disabilities], then they [the DWP] " ... may give information to other organisations as the law allows, for example to protect against crime." [It's printed on page 20 of the aforementioned form.]

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carver

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Have you had another independent eye test at an optician since the letter from DVLA.

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Woolwell

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I think that the original complaint was about the questionnaire involving an incident but how that relates to diabetes I'm not sure.

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spuds

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I might be reading this wrong, but the way I seem to understand the original post was 'how' the DVLA got to know the information (the incident), with the end result was that a letter requesting further action was sent out. Personally I would suspect the GP practise, or the police, it could have even been someone who thought that the DVLA should have been informed, if they had sufficient evidence to back any claim.

If the DVLA will not provide the information, then I would suggest that you contact your MP for help and advice.

The DVLA seem to have quite a number of strange practises, including selling information to third party's, and at the same time refusing to provide answers to a registered licence holder's. But without knowing the full details of this particular 'incident', I suppose the DVLA as its reasons?.

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Dragon_Heart

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I my experience the DVLA is a law unto itself ?

I can only assume Hondaman is diabetic and if so his licence would probably have to be renewed every three years following checks with his GP / diabetic and eye consultants.

The problem is the DVLA MAY have got their knickers in a twist and got the wrong information or even the wrong person ( ID theft ). Then you will have the problem for them to admit they have made a mistake.

As said previously and if they are any good your local MP may get results but you may have a long battle on your hands.

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fourm member

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Dragon_Heart

'got the wrong information or even the wrong person ( ID theft ).'

But that, it appears, is irrelevant.

As I understand it HondaMan has had an eye test and failed it so his licence has been withdrawn.

What that means, to me, is that if there were some mistaken identification in sending him the instruction to get an eye test it was a very fortunate error for the rest of us because it has resulted in someone who is not fit to drive being taken off the roads.

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Phil Ocifer

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Hondaman

Thinking laterally I've come up with a couple of theories. Theories only mind you.

  1. You may have been "grassed up" - just a wild guess, but perhaps someone who knows you has seen you commit what they regard as a dangerous act and thinks it would be better if you were off the road?

  2. Perhaps a friend or relative is concerned for your safety and thinks you should relinquish your licence but is scared to tell you.

Think carefully - has anybody you know ever mentioned your driving or asked when you are thinking of giving up?

However, I could blow these theories away easily by simply saying that when questioned the police would say "We've had an anonymous report" rather than "We can't find anything"

Having elderly parents in their 80s, I can relate to either of these situations. It's often difficult telling someone that they are perhaps not as good a driver as they think they are.

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HondaMan

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"But how do the new diabetic rules relate to the police reporting you?"

I don't think they did. I think the DVLA computer flagged up all diabetics and those whose treatment had reached a certain level were sent a similar letter. I think the DVLA went on a "fishing expedition" and struck lucky.

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HondaMan

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"If the DVLA will not provide the information, then I would suggest that you contact your MP for help and advice." Done that - useless

"Have you had another independent eye test at an optician since the letter from DVLA." - Yes (by a specialist in diabetic ophthalmological surgery and he supports my application to have my licence restored.

I can only assume Hondaman is diabetic and if so his licence would probably have to be renewed every three years following checks with his GP / diabetic and eye consultants.

"The problem is the DVLA MAY have got their knickers in a twist and got the wrong information or even the wrong person ( ID theft ). Then you will have the problem for them to admit they have made a mistake." - Absolutely correct

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