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grayson99

Hi all,

 

My wife was diagnosed with MS over 10 years ago.

She has been on medication for the condition for quite a few years, since being on the injections she has not relapsed and shows no symptoms at all.

We did inform the DVLA when she was first diagnosed by sending them a letter. However, that’s the last thing we did and didn’t hear anything back from them.

 

Last week we were sorting out some clutter and came across my wife’s paper licence and discovered it still has her maiden name displayed. So we decided to collect and fill out a form for a new photo licence to change to her married name.

One of the items on the form asks is you have any medical condition that may affect your driving, one of them is MS.

So I started reading up and discovered if you have MS your licence must be renewed every 3 years after filling out a medical form. If this is the case it seems that the DVLA did not receive the initial letter informing them of the condition as wife still has old paper licence.

 

My wife’s condition does not affect her driving ability in the slightest. However, we are now worried if we inform them we will be fined up to a £1000.

My question is has anyone that you know of been fined for not informing them immediately when the condition was diagnosed?

 

Thanks in advance

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Stumbler

Hi @grayson99 ,

 

I recognise this name as well as this problem. You probably recognise my face and my name too! :lol4:

Anyway, my advice is still the same. Call up the DVLA. They won't hold it against you that they haven't received your notification previously.

 

:moonieman:

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Marina

Hi grayson99 and welcome!

 

When I informed the DVLA of my MS at the time of my diagnosis, I didn't hear back anything from them either. However, 9 years later, in 2014, they turned my licence into a 3-yr one. Then, a year ago, for the first time, I was required by the DVLA to attend a medical with my GP, which had me quite worried. As it turned out, the DVLA extended it to 5 years!

So it might be nothing to worry about for your wife. I think the 3 and 5-yr licences is maybe a more recent thing and that your wife, like me, first informed the DVLA when 3-yr licences weren't dished out so often?

 

If you have a copy of the letter you sent them, I'd include that letter when asking to change her licence, as a reminder and to prove that you did indeed inform them at the time.

 

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(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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13 minutes ago, Stumbler said:

Hi @grayson99 ,

 

I recognise this name as well as this problem. You probably recognise my face and my name too! :lol4:

Anyway, my advice is still the same. Call up the DVLA. They won't hold it against you that they haven't received your notification previously.

 

:moonieman:

I'm trying to get as much advice as possible. Wife has been worrying like mad. Thanks for your advice.

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grayson99

@Marina Not got a copy of the letter unfortunately. It would be a bit of a stab in the back if they did fine her though as she is a better driver than me. Thanks again

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Marina

I'd have thought the DVLA would have your letter on record, as they obviously did with me.

 

John's idea of giving the DVLA a call is a thought. It might also help confirm that they do indeed have your letter on record?

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(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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Nick

I can't see it being a problem

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Report a health condition to DVLA if it affects your driving

You are telling them now (again) So I don't see you have any choice in the matter. 

Interestingly enough, nobody told me I needed to inform the DVLA and it was only after a year or so that I actually told them. 

Don't complicate matters, simply fill in the online questionnaire and if possible let them know you had actually informed them previously. 

 

Good luck and hope it works out OK, You won't be the only person this has happened to. A friend of mine (not disabled) was driving for 40 odd years only to be then told his driving licence was not valid and he needed to take the test again. 

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I posted the application for new licence today. Will post back when I get any updates Thanks all @Marina

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