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Old 07-04-12, 10:35 AM   #1
Loughton man
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Hi,

At what point does/did driving become impossible?

Is there a point when you must inform DVLA?

In the mid-period (i.e. diagnosed but either non-symptomatic or very mild) do you qualify for a disabled badge?

Sorry if these are obvious, i am very new here.
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Old 07-04-12, 11:22 AM   #2
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Hi

This has been an issue that has worried our family, my daughter and I both feel that my husband wasn't fit to drive, the GP for some reason is unable to contact the DVLA themselves. The DVLA can be contacted by anyone to say that they feel the person is unfit to drive, which happened in our case. The DVLA sent him for a test and he PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!! How we are unsure because when ever he goes out in the car he comes home with reports of people tooting at him, or shouting at him that he shouldn't be driving because he is swerving etc. I feel quite helpless because there is nothing I can do have tried telling him but now he just waves the "I passed the test card"

My memory is a little vague!! my husband wasn't diagnosed until he had been having symptoms for 6+ years, but if I remember rightly I contacted the DVLA and the insurance to tell them and he was given an annual license.

As for the disabled badge, we have only just got one, and if I remember correctly you have to definate difficulties, for example my husband is unable to walk very far and with trouble. It is explained quite well on the government website.
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Old 08-04-12, 02:26 PM   #3
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I was wondering do you feel uneasy driving? my hubby stopped driving himself he knew something was wrong with his driving skills and i was so glad he did coz i was nervous in the car with him, now i wish i had told him , i have seen what damage a car accident can cause, it is very serious, if you think your driving skills arent what they should be, maybe that is when one should contact the dvla and speak to them about being re tested, the disabled badge is as battersea says you have to have certain difficulties to get one.
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Old 08-04-12, 08:38 PM   #4
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I was wondering do you feel uneasy driving? my hubby stopped driving himself he knew something was wrong with his driving skills and i was so glad he did coz i was nervous in the car with him, now i wish i had told him , i have seen what damage a car accident can cause, it is very serious, if you think your driving skills arent what they should be, maybe that is when one should contact the dvla and speak to them about being re tested, the disabled badge is as battersea says you have to have certain difficulties to get one.
HI, No I don't have any problems as yet. I am brand new here, at risk but awaiting testing. It was more of a general enquiry to have knowledge for the future for either me or other family members.

Thank you for caring enough to post.
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Old 09-04-12, 03:22 PM   #5
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Hi LM

You may find it useful checking out the HDA Factsheets Section (on the HDA Home Page menu). They have a whole range of information about HD for both those affcted to read and also aimed at health/service professionals.

They have a Fact Sheet on Driving which you may find worthwhile printing our

http://hda.org.uk/download/fact-sheets/HD-Driving.pdf
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