A FRUSTRATED man has been waiting over a year for his driver’s license due to illness – but doctors say he’s perfectly fine.
Gareth Atkins of Higham submitted his application for a license in February last year.
It should take a week for a provisional license to be delivered, according to the government website.
The DVLA told Gareth in October that his form was being processed by the medical team because of a condition he had as a child.
The 21-year-old was treated for nystagmus, a condition that affects the eye muscles, at a young age, but says she has since corrected herself.
Gareth said: “Why has it taken a year when I’ve been told by doctors since I was three that there would be no problems driving?
“You are using a disease that has not affected my life. It’s an excuse.”
The delay has slowed Gareth’s career as he relies on Kent public transport and works late shifts in the hospitality industry.
He said: “I’ve used public transport but it’s getting more and more expensive. It limits the amount of work I can get done by looking further away.
“It was ridiculous and very frustrating. I just have the aspiration to be free.”
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When Gareth followed his application online, it was always shown as being processed.
His car, a used car belonging to his sister, even has a dead battery because it has been standing still for so long.
Gareth needs a provisional driver’s license before he can take driving lessons and take his theory test. Without them, he lost money on a bulk booking of driving lessons that were a birthday present.
He said: “It’s annoying. I have a car in the driveway that I can’t drive.
“It has made it so much harder to keep up with learning [for the theory test] and do the driving practice.
“Some driving schools are completely taboo if you don’t have the physical driver’s license – they say you’re not going anywhere.”
Ever since a local newspaper reported Gareth’s “ridiculous” wait this week, the DVLA has finally gotten in touch with Gareth. The agency called to say his provisional license was finally on its way, 14 months late.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8621765/provisional-driving-licence-delay-wait-year/ I had to wait a YEAR for my driver’s license because of an illness