A woman was forced to walk home from her night shift after being held for nearly TWO YEARS waiting to get her driver’s license.
Annie Coltman-Thomas, 56, claims the DVLA has been telling her to “be patient” since last March – but the mother from Killingworth, North Tyneside, says she’s now finished her smarts .
Annie’s problems began in September 2020, when she went black while driving an A19 – but thankfully no one was injured.
As a result, she was advised to stop driving for six months while the cause of her power outage was being investigated.
And when the six months are up in March 2021, Annie said her GP and neurologist are glad she has regained her license to practice.
She then applied to the Government agency to get her license re-issued – but 11 months later she still hasn’t received it.
Annie said angrily ChronicleLive: “I haven’t lost power since, and I haven’t lost power before.
“I had just lost my fiancé earlier that year, and I think everything was going through my head and it was getting stressful.
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“I waited and waited.
“I sent everything along with a letter from my neurologist at the RVI confirming that I was authorized to drive, and I am still waiting.
“Since my initial application, I’ve changed my name with a probate deed to reflect my late fiance’s name, so I had to resubmit everything again.
“I can’t get car insurance because I don’t have proof that I’m healthy enough to drive.
“I need to organize my house, but it’s very difficult without a car, especially when I work shifts and have to walk to work.”
Annie now relies on her daughters’ elevator – and she has to walk home from her night shift because her license can’t be recovered.
She added: “I’m relying on my daughters to take the lift when I need to, which I don’t enjoy doing as both are busy caregivers in the community and don’t have much time to spare. .
“I was fed up with finishing the night shift on Sunday morning and having to walk home when I had a usable car, which would make life so much easier.
“I’m really sick of waiting now, I just want to sort it out and find out how the hell it’s taking so long?
“I was constantly told by the DVLA that my application was being processed but they couldn’t tell me how long it would take and I was told I couldn’t drive until I got my license back. .
“I think I’ve waited long enough.”
A DVLA spokesperson said: “When reviewing a driver’s license application, we aim to make a decision as quickly as possible.
“However, more complex transactions, such as if a medical investigation is required, will take longer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
“While we can’t comment on individual cases, once a driver has submitted an application, they can continue to drive while we process the application, as long as they are not denied. doctor or ophthalmologist advises them not to drive.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8421440/dvla-driving-licence-nightmare-woman/ DVLA made me wait almost TWO YEARS to get my driver’s license… I had to walk to work – it was a nightmare