Close Enough For Government Work..?

A 96-year-old man has lost his appeal to get his driving licence back… and was landed with a £2,000 bill for his trouble.

Edgar Parrett says he will have to sell his car to pay the charge, which covers the DVLA’s costs of following the case through court.

Yes, because if you have the temerity to challenge the state’s decision, they then demand that you pay for it…

Dr Stephanie Williams, a medical witness for the DVLA, read the police report which stated Mr Parrett failed the 20-metre eyesight testand could not read it beyond 10 metres “This is really quite severe and is a severe fail,” she said.“In my opinion this person was likely to be a danger on the road.”

She said a letter from Mr Parrett’s GP said he had done well in a memory test and his reaction time was “not too bad” and he had good neck movement.

She added that a test was run by Specsavers in November last year and his vision was just above the standard, although she did not know if this was the British or the lower European standard.

She didn’t know?

Does that mean she lost her records of which test they carried out, or she doesn’t bother to record which tests they carry out, and can’t be bothered to find out before she gives evidence, or…what?

Asked how he was going to pay, Mr Parrett said: “I do not have access to large sums of money but the car can be sold to pay my expenses.”

Wearing his trilby and carrying a walking stick, Mr Parrett added: “I won’t be applying for my licence again for the simple reason that I suppose my days are numbered.

“I will manage and will have to readjust my daily life. I don’t have anyone else to worry about.”

He’s a lot more phlegmatic than I’d be, faced with such utter State incompetence and naked greed.

5 comments for “Close Enough For Government Work..?

  1. David
    December 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    You don’t need a license to travel under the common law of this country, however you DO need one under statute law to drive your ‘private light goods vehicle’ – a commercial license under contract law. I keep saying this but it seems few have the balls to challenge it.

    • December 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      Given Mr Parrett’s experience, is that any great surprise?

      • December 5, 2011 at 5:55 am

        No! 🙁

  2. December 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hmm – the word Huhne springs to mind.

  3. December 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    The expense of punitive costs and enhanced fines are what drives many to pay up when when issued £80 on the spot fines for spurious crimes by pretend policemen.

    I described one such a to University law professor who responded “bollox, he (CPSO) is making up the law as he goes along”. Sadly the victim was a single mother of limited means so I expect that she coughed rather than confront The Council in court.

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