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Driving Licence Suspended

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by martynlloydkelly, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Inthesky

    Inthesky · Newbie

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    Thanks for your reply and your guidance - Good news received today in the form of a call from the DVLA confirming my licence will be re-issued from midnight tonight. I don't mind admitting to a little whimper of joy ! Contact from my GP to the medical team clearly stating my ability to recognise a hypo has made all the difference, even if it does take the dvla up to 3 days to receive a fax and scan a copy onto a drivers record. The whole experience was made worse by the horror stories posted on many forums. Perhaps mine is a rare case however despite my angst against the dvla process and frightful letters received, they have come through in 5 days. I will certainly take on board the guidance given is this forum regarding my next application in 3 years. Thanks to all that have posted.
     
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    5 to drive??
     
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    Diddly Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Your bg needs to be 5 or above to drive. Hence " FIVE TO DRIVE "

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
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    martynlloydkelly · Active Member

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    Hello everybody!

    Apologies for my recent radio silence/abscene, I've been tremendously busy and this is really the first free moment I've had to drop you all a line and keep you informed as to what is going on: with regards to the petition itself, there's not an awful lot happening. We're nearly at 1000 signatures though so any sharing that you guys might be able to do would be great!

    With regards to my own situation I've recently seen my consultant at the diabetes clinic I attend and have asked if he would supply a letter of support along with my licence reapplication form. I was overjoyed to hear that he would indeed oblige me with this and we have set to gathering all required information to allow this letter to be written up, I'm currently waiting for it to drop through my postbox. Not sure if this will work but having heard of "Inthesky"s success I'm somewhat hopeful that the situation may be rectified. At the moment my girlfriend has started her driving lessons and we're hoping to have one of us on the road (at least) before the end of summer.

    OK, replies...

    No problem at all Suz1. Its this situation that really makes me despair, why should you and your husaband have to live your life in fear of him potentially losing his job due to ill-thought out legislation that is driven by misunderstanding and paranoia. Dealing with diabetes is work enough without all the stress of this thrown on top. I'm really happy to hear that his licence has been reinstated though and I hope that you're both doing well.

    Hi ptrmet, thank you so much for signing and for your well wishes, both are greatly appreciated! Unfortunately, this issue appears to be one that is pertinent to many but recognised by few (with any power to change it). I've spoken to my own MP 2 weeks ago and others who have said that they will endeavour to raise this issue in particular groups they belong to and hopefully initiate a discussion in parliament regarding it. If that happens I would be more than happy to head down and argue my case but we need enough of an outcry for the people in charge of this to sit up and take notice.

    Thank you for the well wishes and support hello2uleeds, very much appreciated.

    Hi djelliott, many thanks for the support and for bringing this to my attention. The rule you mention seems extremely sensible and a much better way of preventing what the DVLA want to prevent (accidents caused by severe hypos resulting from hypo unawareness) but in a way that doesn't unnecesarily disrupt people's lives. Why the EU and the UK can't think like this is beyond me.

    OK, lemontree, first of all, many thanks for taking the time to argue your case but what you've said is indicative of the paranoia that must be running rife through the EU and the DVLA. I would argue point by point but I'd be repeating old ground yet again and I don't really have the time to be doing this. Tigger already did a very good job of rebuking your arguments anyway so as far as I'm concerned the issue has been resolved. If you would like to debate with me about this further then I'd be more than happy too but if people aren't going to take the time to read the arguments I've put forward then I don't see the point. Its a waste of both my, and your, time.

    Thank you, Giverny! Hopefully people will still keep signing and spreading the word, you've all been fantastic so far and I appreciate all of you for your input and for your support! I'll try to write again soon but I have my Ph.D. viva soon and I need to get the thesis written up ASAP so I'm a little pressed for time at the moment.

    Best,

    - Martyn
     
  8. Osidge

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    Hi all

    Just a quick question from my ignorance. I have just looked at the guidance notes for filling out the DVLA form about diabetes. The notes say that, having admitted to hypos (to avoid being suspected of not being hypo aware), they then require to know how many severe hypos you have had These are ones that you could not deal with yourself. Do hypos during sleep require assistance? What some people are saying seems to indicate that your body deals with them. If that is so then such hypos would not be severe, i.e. needing assistance, and would not be recordable on the form.

    By the way, I lost my license almost immediately on informing DVLA of my diagnosis of sleep apnoea - and fortunately gained a London Disabled Person's Freedom Pass as a result.

    Regards

    Doug
     
  9. ChrisMaleType1

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    Let's all agree on something - it's not a perfect world.

    It's GOOD that the dvla does restrict licenses to diabetics who have severe hypos.
    Instead of petitioning about what you don't want (which is better than nothing), why not petition in a positive way? From my reading, can I assume the OP wants the directive to say 'if you had two or more severe episodes in the DAYTIME'? Is this correct? If so, that would be a far more positive way of framing the issue.
     
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    Great article. One of my elder daughter was also suffering from this disease and she was on medicines for 5 years.Thereafter doctor reduces her dose and she was in his observation for one yea. With in one year she was alright. At the time of her disease she had to surrender her license. After recovery when doctors granted her fitness certificate for driving, she applied for getting her license back here https://www.gov.uk/reapply-licence-revoked.

    In such cases DVLA will send you an application form 90 days before your disqualification ends. During that time you must have a medical examination with one of DVLA’s appointed doctors to prove you’re fit to drive. The examination will include:

    -a questionnaire about your medical history and use of alcohol
    -a physical examination
    -blood tests
    You’ll have to pay for your medical examination.

    If you are not satisfied with the reply you can visit DVLA customer service here http://www.alwaysreview.net/reviews/dvla-contact-number/
     
  11. Osidge

    Osidge Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    The information you are referring to is if you have been disqualified from driving as a result of a road traffic offence and not if you have had your license revoked for medical reasons. My license was revoked and to get it back I just filled in an application form along with information on my medical conditions. I am awaiting a decision.

    Regards

    Doug
     
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