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Rebeccal

Member
Hi

Just over 5 years ago I lost my license and was classed as a HRO. I received a 23 month ban and a fine of £260.
At the time I was alcohol dependent. In August 2016 I underwent a medical detox. Since then I have not been alcohol dependent.
Last year I had a slip where I drank for a couple of weeks after suffering a depressive episode. I sought help straight away and have not drunk since.
Knowing that I have finally battled alcoholism I decided to reapply for my licence. I was completely honest with the DVLA about my past.
They have now refused my licence stating that I have been alcohol dependent in the last 12 months. This is completely untrue. I have had regular meetings with my alcohol support group, received regular blood tests and have been open and honest with all involved. I have documented evidence from a nurse specialising in alcohol misuse with whom I met on a regular basis that I have not been alcohol dependent nor have I consumed alcohol within the past 6 months.
Obviously I would like to appeal this decision as it feels as though I am still being punished. I didn't reapply for my licence prior to this time as I did not feel that I had been recovered for long enough but I now know that it is a road I will never go down again.
Any advice would be greatly received.
Many thanks.
 
You are entitled to appeal to the magistrates' court within 6 months of the decision to refuse although it would be advisable to review the DVLA position and review the evidence they rely upon before doing so. It may be that written representations, together with independent medical view to counter what the DVLA say can have an impact without taking the matter to court. I would suggest instructing a specialist to advise further. You can contact a specialist on 0333 009 5532
 

Rebeccal

Member
Many thanks for your reply. I have decided to appeal to the DVLA and sent off my evidence last week. I have enclosed letters from those who know me as well as the alcohol support group I attended who carried out regular blood tests by an alcohol recovery nurse. Fingers crossed.
Again, thanks for taking the time to reply.
 
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