Driving Appraisal


#1

Hi, I'm new on here but would like advise please. I was diagnosed last year at the age of 43 (had symptoms a year before) Parkinson's effects just my right side of my body but was told I had to inform dvla. I informed them and after ten months of hearing nothing I receive a letter saying I need to take this driving appraisal. This would be okay if it was at my local Skegness dvsa centre but my Parkinson's nurse seems to think I will have to take it in Hull? This is nearly 2hrs away from me and I've never driven in Hull in my life. I took my test in Skegness 27yrs ago and there is no way I can do this appraisal in a city that I've never been too. All I need my licence for is to drive to my parents, my local town for school runs, I live in a rural area and with my dad dying of terminal cancer and only having a few months to live this is extra worry I could do without. Does anyone know about where these appraisals are held at and How bad they are? 

 

 


#2
Hi The 44 so what does this mean will you have to sit a test I thought you just have to inform them. I wonder if your insurance will go up. I drive a lot but it would be like asking me to drive in London. I am waiting to be diagnosed and have been told not to drive. Good luck would be interest to see what you have to do. Give an update.

#3

Hi Tlw44,

Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry to read you're worried about the driving appraisal; hopefully the suggestions below will help.

We have a very active thread on this forum about DVLA licence issues. You can find it here: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/forum/thread/71397 You might find it useful to read about other people's experiences. 

Please do feel free to give our helpline a ring on 0808 800 0303, if you'd like to speak to one of our trained advisers. The helpline is open Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm & Saturday: 10am-2pm). 

You could also get in touch with the DVLA and ask them to tell you more about the appraisal. For DVLA enquiries regarding a medical condition you can contact the Drivers Medical Group via 0300 790 6806 (Monday-Friday: 8am-5.30pm and Saturday: 8am–1pm). 

Best wishes,

Ilona (Moderation Team).

 

 


#4

Hi PJ

They say it's not a test but looking at leaflet it's pretty much the same rules as a test, you have someone next to you assessing your driving and takes 40 minutes apparently which includes 10 minutes of independent driving. I will let you know what happens but there's no way I'm going to Hull to take it. Let me know your outcome 


#5

I look forward to hearing what happens. My other half will have to go through this at some point, if I am honest she wasnt the best driver in the world before she bacame ill so I fear she wont do very well on a test. Nerves may well get the better of her. We shall see.

Good luck


#6
Hi Twl44 so please you are going on a test good luck will be thinking of you. I am not going to drive anymore I don't want to sit a test and also I would worry about driving and having a accident. Take care PJ

#7

Hi twl44

I'm puzzled - my husband has had pd for 10 years and hasnt been asked to take a driving assessment (yet).  Each time his licence has come up for renewal it has been granted on the strength of a form completed by his neurologist.  Maybe they have tightened the rules - we will soon find out as it is up for renewal again next March. 

Good luck with it anyway

 


#8

Hi all

just to let you know I took my driving appraisal this morning, I had it at my local DVSA centre at Skegness thank goodness. Had couple of silly moments as I was so nervous but I got A's and B's all through and an overall pass. Now I have to wait and see what DVLA decision is. Does anyone know how long this will take?

so pleased it's over but the assessor was very nice and reassuring 


#9

Hi there tlw44,

good news about your driving appraisal. I don't know much about these and how often you have to do them. Hope you hear some more good news soon.

 


#10

Driving Appraisal day for the wife, fingers crossed


#11

Bugger, no driving for 6 months and then re-assess. But decision up to DVLA. Bugger