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?
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.