Hi Ruth & Jonnie,
I originally posted this on November would you believe me if I literally just had the opportunity to send my license away to get the of 3 points and pay for the pleasure of it!
Weeks went past and my points needed paid before that and I had such a hard time with whoever deals with the points about getting an extension that my mum took over phoning them because I couldn’t cope with it and every time I rang the DVLA it was always at medical section and then when I rang them it was elsewhere and so on!
When I got caught speeding my license was away with the DVLA to be renewed, that’s what I thought anyway, my gp wrote Diplopia on the medical part of the form under ‘any lasting disabilities’ which means double vision.
Yes I HAD double vision and have had it more than once but my last episode of double vision was in 2012 and I remember it well because it was my diagnosing symptom!
This was way it was taking my license so long to be processed as I found out when I got a letter through to tell me because of my condition I had to go for a driving assessment and I rang the DVLA and the centre that did the assessments trying to figure out what the hell had happened as I’m more fit to drive now than I was three years ago and I never had to go for an assessment then!
So my mum had to phone ‘point putter on-er people’ (that is the technical term by the way!) to tell them that I still hadn’t got my license back, the reason why and they threatened if it wasn’t back by a certain date court proceedings will go ahead!
This was all in the lead up to xmas which is stressful enough for an MS-er without all this going on! My assessment was in January there and it was a waste of my time as well as the man carrying out the assessment, the description of what was going to going to happen that day was a lot more scarier than what it actually was!
After half an hour at the most it was over and he said my driving was excellent and he is recommending that I get my license back to the DVLA doctors but it could take up to 5-6 weeks for it to arrive!
Again my mum rang the point people and whoever answered this time was fins about it and just simply said that’s fine just send it in when it arrives!
So my license arrived on Wednesday there and was away in the post again on Thursday.
Phew I’m knackered writing that, so basically after getting caught speeding which loads of people get caught doing everyday I wasn’t able to do the speed awareness course because of my ms, then being threatened with court for something that was out of my control and then made to feel little, degraded and a secondhand citizen having someone evaluate my driving.
I know some will say it was my own doing because yes I was speeding (you try and get up a steep hill with a speed limit going from 30 straight to 60 without having to speed!) but I do feel like I was treated a bit unfairly throughout it all.