Medical Conditions & Fit to Drive

The Highways Agency comments appear to be their own thoughts, to try to justify their decision, the opposite of the real actual facts: According to DVLA written advice.

For many the service (ESCORT PATROLS) just being there gave them confidence to use this part of the National Road Network.

The Highways Agency comment incorrectly infers up to 20% of drivers are ‘Not Fit to Drive’ and the following proves that their comment is a manipulation of the actual facts.

HIGHWAYS AGENCY (HA)  COMMENT (FACTS) re Misleading & False information
1)              MEDICAL CONDITIONS  
Please see below, Highways Agency manipulation of facts according to what the DVLA has written.
 Please note whilst advised by the Highways Agency (HA) discussed matters with the  DVLA (by telephone) & Police (at meeting), admitted no one can prove or ascertain exactly what was discussed as no notes or letters etc. were ever made.

 

 

 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS
(HA advice to everyone)The Highways Agency has we understand from several telephone conversations implied to anyone querying, objecting the following to deter/scare them from doing anything including signing the petition: -If you suffer from a ‘Fear of heights’ or ‘Enclosed Spaces’ (Claustrophobia) you should report these facts to the DVLA and may lose your licence.
FALSE neither reportable.
This proves that the the Highways Agency comment is a total manipulation of the actual facts.

DVLA & POLICE
The points advised to me in a telephone conversation with the person who dealt with them, advised me he collated all the information and it was on this information the decision to withdraw the service was based but nothing in writing and no notes made. After I stated that the points he mentioned applied to ALL drivers generally he changed tack and come up with more points – none of which justified ceasing the Escort Patrols, AS ALL UNFOUNDED.

 

 

NOTE:  Around 20% of people suffer from a Fear of Heights and/or Claustrophobia, both of which are not reportable as advised by the DVLA.  
According to a BBC broadcast 1 in 10 people suffer from a Fear of Heights and a few people actually suffer with Vertigo.
The DVLA have confirmed
in writing that out of Claustrophobia, Fear of Heights and Vertigo, only vertigo would be investigated by the DVLA.–VERTIGO–
However, DVLA have said that whilst Vertigo is reportable because severe diziness can be part of the condition, it does not mean those suffering cannot drive and they make the decision on a case by case basis. 

2) FIT TO DRIVE     (Highways Agency)
This wording ‘Fit to Drive’ appears is Highways Agencies interpretation to give the wrong impression to justify their decision. Advised by the Highways Agency that the information was obtained in a telephone conversation but no notes were made. In fact while the decision was made on the 2nd July to  cease this service on 31stJuly 2009 they then appear to have lied to the Minister when writing to him in  August 2009.
The Highways Agency has written:
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I’m talking about drivers with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces.
‘…the view here is we can’t really be one part of government doing something that conflicts with another part of it – i.e. helping someone get round the ability to drive in any situation that compromises their driving licence and standard, as in the DVLA and DSA’.The Highways Agency should ensure they get their statements and facts correct.
(The Highways Agency comment incorrectly infers up to 20% of drivers are ‘Not Fit to Drive’ and the above proves that their comment is a manipulation of the actual facts).The DVLA have confirmed in writing that out of Claustrophobia, Fear of Heights and Vertigo, only vertigo would be investigated by the DVLA. (VERTIGO  – See under medical conditions above – does not mean those suffering cannot drive (DVLA).

 

Therefore, obviously will NOT compromise anyone’s driving licence.  Though the Highways have implied and we understand told people that they should report this to the DVLA!!!Therefore what the Highways Agency has written appears to be a Total manipulation of the facts, according to the DVLA written advice