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Surrendering Driving Licence

Lozzi_1004

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I rang the DVLA today to tell them about being diagnosed and being put on 600mg of lithium. The lady on the phone started saying I needed to fill out a D100(?) form and then suddenly asked what I'd been diagnosed with and if I was on medication... so I told her and said I'm not starting my meds until tonight (told her that's on orders of pdoc) and she said "well you're classed as not being stable, so you'll have to surrender your licence to us until you've been stable for at least 3 months". She then put me on hold to speak to a medical advisor and she said they said the same.

Has anyone else had this happen? :unsure: :cry: I don't know what to think or say... I wasn't told my licence would be taken off of me at all, just that I needed to declare my condition and meds. My pdoc never said it'd be taken off or that I was really unstable either.

Worst thing is, because of the bump I had back in August I had to go on a driver improvement course and that's next week but her at the DVLA said well that's not their (DVLA's) problem I have to inform them (driving course) and it'll be up to them to either rearrange until my licence is back or tell the police and I'll be prosecuted instead :cry::cry:
I can't get hold of J and the pdoc isn't in today! Anyone else had run in's with the DVLA have you had your licence taken off of you? HELP PLEASE!!!! :cry::cry::cry:
 
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Haven't had any dealings with DVLA but it sounds a nightmare, Lozzi. hopefully someone here will be able to help. Take care Lozzi :hug:
 
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I think its extremely frustrating and worrying but please don't let it affect you too much your health and starting the treatment is far more important at the moment.
When you get the chance discuss it with the psychiatrist.
I'm going through the same thing myself at the moment and consider myself to be a very careful driver.
KP
 
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Well the DVLA are not known for their tact eh. and that is why most people do not tel them anything I think, That is not to say you have not done the right thing, but do not do anything until you talk to your PD and ask if they could give you or send them a covering letter that may be able to say that whilst you are indeed having treatment you are still capable of driving, or whatever your PD can come up with. The DVLA can only go by a set of guidelines that may not be diverse enough to consider all levels of illness.
you must them very frustrating and stressfull.
take care Hun and try not to worry too much
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Thankies guys! :hug: I was really upset when her from the DVLA told me that!

I've rung and told K and my dad and both are going ballistic - saying they're basically discriminating against me and criminalising (maybe they're overreacting a little) for being honest and coming forward where most people don't. The girl on the other end of the phone had no medical knowledge and shouldn't have told me.
K's rung MIND/RETHINK and they've said they've never heard of such a thing and is ringing K back with what this guy has to say. He said usually they write to a pdoc and ask for their MEDICAL advise, not what some girl in a call centre and her "medical advisor" (who could be the guy sat next to her) thinks.

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hope you feel better now, no thanks to that jobsworth at the dvla putting you through that.

there should at least be a specialist department for these things, I can imagine they have put a lot of people through hell for no reason. argggghhhh


best wishes
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Yeah I feel much better thanks :) I rang J too but couldn't get through :redface: oh well, I haven't spoken to her in about a month so she'll be glad to hear from me!

A for the DVLA; dad rung them up when I got home and complained. He spoke to a different girl and basically told them the other girl was out of order and who was she to tell me I was "unstable and unfit" without knowing me or running medical checks on me. He said he understood if there policy was to suspend my licence until checks could be made but it's not and into further reading he noticed surrending your licence is VOLUNTARY and/or if your pdoc/GP recommends it which mine never did! So they've taken my dads name and number and this girl is going to get it basically because K got Mind involved and their legal team and getting involved too (I think, or they're just looking into the legislation), either way my dad told her solicitors are involved as he doesn't like the discriminatory way she spoke to me. Anywho, as it turns out she was wrong all along and I just have to fill in a questionnaire and so does my pdoc!

Stress I could have one without really! It panicked me mainly because I'd never known anyone who had to surrender their licence because they'd not started medication yet... it's kinda like a diabetic driving who isn't on insulin yet, they're prone to blackouts. But what's getting at me now is, would she have said it if I'd have said another illness? Because the word "bipolar" was barely out of my mouth before she said I had to surrender my licence!

Has anyone else had run ins with the DVLA? Any mental illness or physical illness?

Thankies for all your kind words too :hug: muchlies appreciated!
 
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I'm absolutely shocked Lozzi and well done to you and you Dad for challenging it straight away. You could have done without this right at the beginning of your treatment.
I'm seeing the psychiatrist next week about my licence as DVLA have sent him a questionaire so I'll be ready to challenge it as well now. Thanks for highlighting what you have gone through today.
Kp:confused:
 
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Sounds really stressfull Lozzi...... Hope your ok...... lots of:hug:

xx
 
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How weird, it won't let me change font :s

Thankies for the hugs intelgal!

You'll have too let me know if you have any hiccups with th DVLA KP. This is what I don't understand - the girl told me to surrender my licence straight away and it wasn't until my dad gave them a right mouthful it was rectified. But with you they offered the questionnaire... it's why I'm so confused, why is it a set of rules for one and not another?
 
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Its probaly who ever you end up getting on the end of the phone, just your luck to get a twat. But just think how many people may have already handed in their licences or gone completely off the rails because of the thought of loosing their mod of transport.

It will be really interesting to see what happens so please please keep us posted as Im sure this will happen again to someone else.

best wishes
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When I informed the DVLA about my medical condition (schizophrenia) over the phone they asked me what my Doctor had said about me driving.I told them that my Doctor had said to carry on driving,but to inform the DVLA.They haven't taken my licence away yet.
 
Lozzi_1004

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Its probaly who ever you end up getting on the end of the phone, just your luck to get a twat. But just think how many people may have already handed in their licences or gone completely off the rails because of the thought of loosing their mod of transport.

It will be really interesting to see what happens so please please keep us posted as Im sure this will happen again to someone else.

best wishes
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That's what my boyfriends said and my dad, he was ranting about how many other people who've been truthful and honest and rung them up and lost their licence because of this girl thinking she's a doctor/pyschiatrist! They've taken my dad's name and number and he's going to ring up later to see what's going on if they don't get in touch first.

When I informed the DVLA about my medical condition (schizophrenia) over the phone they asked me what my Doctor had said about me driving.I told them that my Doctor had said to carry on driving,but to inform the DVLA.They haven't taken my licence away yet.
The first time I rung up I wasn't asked, but when my dad rang up to complain the woman asked my dad if I was stable/medicated etc and what my pdoc had said!
Into further reading they can only take your licence away if you're unstable and anyone in authority (police, doc, parents/guardian) can ring the DVLA and ask them to suspend it.

Maybe I was just unlucky and got someone who tried to make themselves feel a little more important than a call centre assistant?
 
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Well done for sticking with it Lozzi! I know I would have probably just crumpled.

Wow - first we had 'thankies' and now 'muchlies'... another jem - thankyou Lozzi!!!! :hug::hug::hug:
 
Lozzi_1004

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Well done for sticking with it Lozzi! I know I would have probably just crumpled.

Wow - first we had 'thankies' and now 'muchlies'... another jem - thankyou Lozzi!!!! :hug::hug::hug:
I didn't stick with it tbh :redface: I crumpled and rang dad and K - so thanks to them really for sorting everything out for me!

Haha :redface: I've got a whole language too myself that needs too be shared :p :hug::hug:
 
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