i lost my licence 14 yrs ago due to drink. I received it back 3 yrs later after accepting my punishment and community service. Since then I have moved several times each time changing the address on the licence. This time tho the DVLA have said I need a medical at my cost or they will revoke my licence ! as the offence was committed so long ago I thought I had paid my dues. Is this legal ?
System of Law: England-and-Wales
spoken to DVLA several times but the answer is always the same, the telephonist thinks its odd that its been flagged up but it has so I should have the medical!
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the medical cost me £96.00 and it seems I am being punished again for something I have already been punished for, a long time ago. Also I am worried this could affect my insurance as I am self employed a need my van.
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Dont worry. You won't see that until I answer.If you had a medical, would it be adverse to you?
I don't think so, just expensive and unfair
Yes, the DVLA can be.Has there been anything that has brought you to their attention recently?
Nothing no tickets parking or speeding, just asked for an address change
Hi, Overall it is fairly bad news. There are certainly things you can do about this but they will all involve expense. The DVLA are not at this stage saying that you cannot have a licence. They are just saying that you need to do a medical. You do have a relevant conviction but it was very old and if there has been nothing to bring you to their attention recently then it might be argued that that is an unreasonable request. However to do that you would have to consider a Judicial Review of the DVLA's decision to ask you to do a medical which is an extremely expensive action that would cost several times more than doing the medical would.
Alternatively you could do the medical. If that were to lead to an adverse decision to you then you could appeal to the local magistrates court and if you won you would get your costs back.
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