As if they didn’t have enough to endure, disabled drivers are being harassed by the DVLA, it seems.
“Today I was grilled for an hour by a doctor approved by the DVLA, asked whether I had taken crack, heroin, cocaine etc over the last three years, the final insult was having to wee into a pot with a doctor I don’t know watching me.”
Remember when the new law to tackle drug-driving came into effect, in March this year?
The then-Coalition Government said “the legislation makes it illegal to drive with certain drugs in the body above specified levels, including 8 illegal drugs and 8 prescription drugs.”
Importantly, the announcement added: “People using prescription drugs within recommended amounts will not be penalised.”
Now let’s hear from a Vox Political commenter (who has asked not to be named), who had an extremely unpleasant experience at the hands of the DVLA.
This person writes: “I’m diagnosed bipolar [with] borderline personality disorder. My licence was up for renewal in May; my consultant psychiatrist says I’m fit to drive. The last two times my licence was renewed – straightforward.
“Today I was grilled for an hour by a doctor approved by the DVLA, asked whether I had taken crack, heroin, cocaine etc over the last three years, the final insult was having to wee into a pot with a doctor I don’t know watching me.
“I’m on antipsychotics and antidepressants prescribed by a constant psychiatrist. Surely her expertise should be enough?
“Is this happening to other disabled people where the DVLA don’t understand the drugs they are taking? I feel like I was interrogated for hour, like I was a drug addict!”
The law states that only eight prescription drugs come under the authority of the new law.
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