Devastated just found out

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  1. Hils and Glenns

    Hils and Glenns Funster

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    The dvla have refused to renew Glenn's C1 licence. We've only had our 4 ton van 18 months and have been waiting for the licence since March so we do our first trip abroad. Not sure what we do now.:cry::cry::cry::cry:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Well what choice do you have ? Take on big bad DVLA costing ££££££££ and more important taking loads of time, or move on. Plenty of vans under 3.5T out there.
     
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    We've had our van since 18th July (after waiting 18 months for her) and my license has been completely revoked. Once it is all sorted I will have to have a medical every year from here on in.

    I know it is all for safety reasons and can't quibble at that but some of these things seem so heavy handed.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    Get it weighed loaded to go with bare minimum on-board.
    You never know, it could be under 3500kg and could be downplated.
     
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    Thanks for all your replies. To be honest we're just dumb struck at the moment. We only found out because Glenn phoned the dvla so haven't actually got the letter yet. He will have been refused because he has a heart condition. But he has had that for over 30 years and has been an HGV driver in the meantime. The dvla were aware and allowed him to drive. To be honest he is fitter than me. He is definitely more competent than me and I will still be able to drive it as I'm 67. I do drive the van but it would be a challenge for me to drive it abroad and I definitely don't feel confident of parking it on our drive.
    I know there are other vans but this is our first and we really like it. We've added a solar panel and gaslow. Feeling very sad as we were looking forward to so much.
     
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    Do as papajohn says, you may be surprised by the weight it already is
     
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  8. Puddleduck

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    First of all take a deep breath. It isn't the end of the world.

    Once the letter comes you can see what it says and appeal if you want to or reapply. Make an appointment with your GP and see what he / she has to say. On my letter there is a wiggle clause for early reapplication and if I had more time before we have to be away (family problem) I would possibly do that after I see my specialist next week (so long as it isn't a locum). As things stand I can reapply second week of Sept for the license to be restored in early Nov. Then there will be the C1 hurdle :)

    The down-rating option might be worth investigating.
     
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    I agree, you may get away with this. Throw out the spare wheel as well if necessary but basically take it to a weighbridge empty and see what it weighs. You might be surprised.
     
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    The letter from DVLA isn't the be-all and end-all. Came back from a trip to find two letters, the first rescinding my PCV and the second my car licence, both on the grounds of defective eyesight. Went to my optician who gave me a full examination then wrote to the DVLA on my behalf. Result was reinstatement almost by return (seems my GP made a mistake when completing the medical form although of course your case isn't quite as straightforward).

    As Puddleduck says, get the professionals involved before going any further.
     
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    Hopefully you'll get it sorted so that both of you can drive but don't assume that just because you lack a bit of confidence at the moment that it's permanent. Jill does all the driving in our van because I've never liked driving all that much and she is happy to whilst I navigate.
     
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  12. Hils and Glenns

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    Glenn has made an appointment to see the doc and find out why. He must be nearer to death's door than we thought. I will be driving over to the weighbridge tomorrow lol but we aren't hopeful of it coming in under 3500.
     
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    Good luck tomorrow would be good if you could come in under weight, if not hopefully you can get it sorted out. Not nice when these things happen and we are not expecting them.
     
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    If he has had and been driving HGV since the 'Problem' then they have no reason to say that he has become defective if there has been no other recent trouble. I lost my commercial pilots licence 25 years ago but have now got it back and am now flying again, I was defective and no longer am????????????? This business of making a recreational vehicle the same as the using of a HGV ten times the size ridiculous. The sudden change at a nominal date is also likewise one day later and it all changes. This problem with licences is going to get worse as we all come up to the 70th birthday. I have considered getting the medical now and a HGV licence renewal so that the overlap occurs then there should be no problem. A lot of the problems are GPs not filling forms out properly and the ?DVLA getting the bit between their teeth and proclaiming death and destruction. IT got really bad after the Dustbin Driver mowed down the people in Glasgow. The kneejerk happened and everyone became a danger all of a sudden. There are a lot of drivers who ARE complete basket cases but still drive, Bad eyesight, dementia at an early onset, Aortic anurism ready to burst , stroke from high blood pressure that has never been checked, the list goes on.
    If your GP REALLY THOUGHT you had a problem then he/she would not have signed the form saying you were fit, unless they really did need the £150 or so, and let the DVLA do the dirty deed of doing the refusal.
    Complain and appeal as soon as you can. Did you actually see the form he filled out and keep a copy of it? then go and check it.
     
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    <<<<<<WITHOUT PREJUDICE!!!!


    Take on the DVLA
    Someone I know very well was one of the medical advisors and has left because she foresaw a major inquiry.
    I am reliably informed that they would not be the ones to organise a boozy party in a beer manufacturer and the present MD knows sweet FA about the job (Allegedly ;-) ) >>>>
     
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    Sorry to hear your news. If it's any consolation we were in a similar situation this time last year (for different reasons) and I now do all the motorhome driving. We took our first solo trip to France earlier this year and in three weeks we're booked to go again because we had such a good time. I can honestly say that we have never looked back and I am so pleased that we made the decision for me to drive. Give it a go and you may be very pleasantly surprised. Driving in France is an absolute joy and motorhoming there is amazing. Funsters have given us so much support and encouragement and I don't think I would be so confident without them. I hope you find a way to get around your problems and like us continue to enjoy your travels. Best of luck :smiley:
     
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    The problem as I see it is that the Bin Lorry Driver lied. It is people who do not declare medical conditions that are the problem. I've had a discussion about this today with someone who has had at least 17 blackouts in the last month, has not been to see his GP and has driven home after each blackout. He laughed at me for reporting my wee problem to the DVLA, said I was a muppet.

    I am aware of what caused my problem, know that the same problem can not occur when I am driving ( I am very unlikely to have a fasting stress test* behind the wheel) so hope I will get my license back.

    *had loads of different tests and the only time they could recreate the previous blackout was with fasting stress test. Makes sense as I blacked out before on a long bike ride after taking a HCA's (incorrect) diet advice.
     
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  18. Autowbars

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    I do hope all works out well for you.
    Some of us don't know how lucky we are.
    Xxx
     
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    Sorry to hear that news for you. You must be devastated as you were so looking forward to going to France. Try not to worry and do all the practical things Funsters have suggested and if the worst happens can you get a smaller van and still enjoy Motorhoming.
    Let us know how you get on !
     
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    Thanks all for your kind support. It makes us feel a bit better. We've decided to appeal. Glenn isn't happy to give up all the driving. So that may mean selling our lovely van.:cry::cry::cry: We felt a bit smug believing we had found the perfect van for us. Even if it is our first and quite by chance. Hitting the wine big time tonight.
     
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