I was 70 on Feb 10th 2014 and applied for group 1 & 2 licence renewal but was categorically told that I was now no longer eligible for D1 licence as I only have sight in my left eye due to a childhood accident. I passed my test in 1961 and I feel that the dates indicate I am still eligible for a D1 category as I took my test with one eye in 1961 and the DVLA were aware of that at that point in time. I was told I had to sign a piece of paper they sent saying I didn't want to renew my D1 category otherwise I would not get a licence at all. How do I persuade them to issue a full licence incl D1 as I feel I was coerced into giving up that entitlement. Many thanks in anticipation of your kind assistance Martin
Thank you for your information. DVLA say the LR is classed as a Minibus as it has a driver + 9 passenger capacity. ie 3 +3 + 2x2 at rear.
What about the exceptions as also stated on the DVLA site
'Drivers who have monocular vision are barred in law from holding C, C1 (12 tonnes combined), D or D1 entitlements. The only exceptions are those drivers whose C or D entitlements had been issued prior to 1/1/91 in the knowledge of monocularity and were still in force on 1/4/91 or drivers who passed a C1 test prior to 1/1/97. A minimum acuity of 6/12 is required if licensed on 1/1/1983 and 6/9 if since. A certificate of recent driving experience will also be required. DVLA will send this certificate to you for completion on receipt of a valid application.'
I took my test and received the D1 & C1 cats in 1961
Does this apply in my case and if not why not?
You are sure this exemption applies as the DVLA say on the phone that it doesn't and they will not therefore send me the certificate. They did however send a medical form for the optician to complete saying what my vision was in BOTH eyes despite knowing for 54 years I only have one eye
Please let me confirm what you are saying..............
After 53 years of continuous satisfactory driving a particular category of vehicle with sight in only one eye on the day of my 70 birthday my sight becomes sufficiently unsatisfactory as to not be allowed to continue driving - not because of any variation in my visual ability but because the DVLA have changed the qualifying standards.
Thank you for your help - you confirm what I have managed to find out.
My sight in my one eye is perfect but that is not applicable now I am 70.