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DVLA warns of wrongful driving licence revocations over eyesight

  • 01 August 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

The DVLA has contacted dozens of drivers to tell them it may have wrongly revoked their licences, CM has learnt.

A misinterpretation of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 led to the agency telling drivers that they could not rely on grandfather rights after failing their eyesight dioptre test.

This came after a change in the rules in 2013 stating drivers must demonstrate their eyesight measures no greater than +8 dioptres.

Transport lawyer Martin Langan of Road Traffic Representation in Portsmouth took on a driver’s case and demonstrated that the legislation allowed those licensed to drive HGVs before 1 January 1997 to rely on grandfather rights, contradicting DVLA’s official guidance.

The DVLA has since contacted 67 drivers eligible to re-apply for their licences. A spokesman said decisions to issue Group 2 (lorry and bus) entitlement to the drivers was subject to them meeting other health standards.

“To date, 13 of the drivers that DVLA has contacted have re-applied for, and been issued with, Group 2 entitlement. Any driver who feels they have grounds for compensation will be considered on a case-by-case basis,” the agency said in a statement.


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