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  • price1367's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    If a driver tests positive for having more than 2g of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol, or THC (the active compound found in cannabis), per 100ml of blood, then this is considered a positive test, and is likely to lead to prosecution. I am not sure there is an actual limit for the medical.
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  • Lessonlearnt2015's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:55 PM
    Thanks for the reply prince im am starting to stop the alcohol now as i dnt actually need a beer i just chose to drink after work but regards to the weed i find it really hard if i dont have a joint thats were im going to struggle and beleive that they are going to ask for a urine test as it was a fail to provide is there a limit as to what cam be in your system or do they have a 0% tolorence on cannabis
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  • price1367's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    TTC will notify the court you were disqualified at within 2 weeks of you completing the course. That should be the same day that you receive your certificate of completion in the post. It then depends on how long the court takes to amend their records and then they have to notify DVLA of the reduction in the ban, for them to amend their records. I would expect this to take no more than a week, you should then be able to see when your ban is due to expire.
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  • gerry000's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    Thank you for your reply, I will seek help with my case.
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  • Falcon0512's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
    I've recently completed a DDR course and i'm just wondering how long it takes for your ban end date to be updated on the DVLA website, I originally had 18 months and when I completed the course I was just over a month into the ban so I know I've still got ages but it would help if I knew when the end date was so I have got something to look forward to
    1 replies | 45 view(s)
  • pippo2308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    Just to update you. 20 month ban with offer of course so 15 months potentially I can't remember what the fine is. But roughly 300
    2 replies | 156 view(s)
  • Swisslad's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:43 AM
    I have been living as an expat in Switzerland for the last 10 years. I was caught the morning after the night before(not an excuse) and was subsequently banned for 5 months. I have a Swiss driving licence. The ban was served in 2013-2014. I was also informed that the conviction will remain on my record for 5 years. This will expire in October 2018. I will be moving back to the UK in April 2017 and I wondering if the conviction follows me to the UK? and do I have to inform the insurance of the conviction? Any advice would be great.
    0 replies | 29 view(s)
  • Reddragon11678's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 05:57 PM
    Reddragon11678 replied to a thread Medical in General Discussion
    Ok, thanks for your reply price1367, sorry to be a pain, butt I told them I went to the doctors in 2010, at least that's why the dvla told me I said in the medical, could of been 2011 or 2012 I don't know, don't keep a personal record of myself lol, they won't do anything about that? Thinking I lied?
    4 replies | 94 view(s)
  • Misssymooo's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 05:25 PM
    I was charged with drink driving around 3 months ago, and pleaded not guilty in court. The case was then adjourned for a further 3 months. However, in between the first and second court hearing the police wrote to my employer suggesting that I may not be suitable for the role. Is this legal and what happened to innocent until proven guilty? Any advice will be much appreciated. Thank you
    0 replies | 85 view(s)
  • white43's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 09:51 AM
    Hi All, So some more updates. I filled in and returned the medical questionnaire. As I said - you fill in the one that you actually get at the medical - at no stage does anyone suggest you have to have a second medical. So, as suspected, DVLA wrote to me saying they would be approaching my GP to check that my 'medical issue' wouldn't have any adverse issue with driving. This confused me a bit(as I'm diabetic and I wondered if they meant that.) So I rang them and they confirmed it was checking about any alcohol issues. (The reason I suspected they'd contact my GP is that you have to note down any issues or detoxes with alcohol in the last three years - well I was banned in 2014 with a detox in June earlier that year - despite the fact I've never been back and a good boy ever since). So basically, they're covering their own asses to make sure nothing else has changed. My GP rang me to say they'd received a letter and asked if there had been any issues further, that they could see I'd not been back and what I was presently drinking. So, although I do drink quite a lot on Saturday evenings(ONLY!) - I don't want to raise any alarms, so I stated that I had a few glasses of wine on Saturday nights and that was it. She asked if there were any other issues or withdrawal issues - of which there are none. So that letter is presumably on it's way back to DVLA. Now, there is no reason to assume there should be any further issue, but what I will find interesting is if I get another year license, or the full 10 years? If it is another 1 year, this process will presumably happen again, but by 2018, my medical forms will all be perfectly clear of all issues that occurred in 2014 and I should get the full 10 years. What I'm rather hoping is that at this stage, DVLA will note that no further issues have occurred since the issuing of my 1 year license, so should give me back the 10. Stay tuned.....
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  • SeanJoyceStephensons's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 09:27 AM
    Strictly speaking, you can drive on an Australian licence if you are a UK resident but only for a 12 month period. After that time you need a full UK driving licence in order to continue to drive in the UK. This is unlikely to help as you will still need to disclose previous convictions to your insurers. You will also still have a requirement to complete a medical which will be recorded on your UK driving record. That requirement will not go away. Rules surrounding driving on a foreign licence is designed to assist non-UK residents with driving in the UK and new UK residents driving during any transitional period. Attempting to skirt around the rules in this way could even see you being charged with driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence given that you won't have completed the medical as a high risk offender. My advice is to go through the normal UK process for getting your licence back after a ban. Going down the route you suggest is likely to, at best delay things and at worst leave yourself open to a charge for another offence.
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  • SeanJoyceStephensons's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 09:06 AM
    Both drink driving and driving without insurance are strict liability offences. This means that you do not need to deliberately set out to commit the offences in order to be convicted. You do not even need to know that there is a potential that you could be committing an offence in order to be convicted. You do appear to have strong mitigation but it would only ever serve to help minimise the penalty. With respect to the driving without insurance allegation you should be aware that not all fully comprehensive insurance policies allow the policy holder to drive other vehicles. You should check that straight away. The drink driving allegation is the more serious of the two offences given that it means you will automatically be banned upon entering a guilty plea. A reading of 58g will mean that you will be sentenced in the lowest sentencing bracket and will face a ban of between 12 and 16 months together with a fine. The reading produced, together with the aggravation of the no insurance offence, will likely see your penalty be towards the higher end of the sentencing bracket - so, closer to 16 months. You should be given the chance of completing a drink driving rehabilitation course which will reduce the ban by as much as 25%. It is always worth speaking with a specialist solicitor to discuss the potential of representation to try and minimise any penalty and even discuss any potential defences.
    2 replies | 135 view(s)
  • someoneinoz's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 08:04 AM
    Hi, I came here around a year ago when I was caught drink driving and didn't provide a specimen. I refused and got a 12 month ban, lost my job, etc etc. Ban is nearly up (a couple months left), and I've been looking at car insurance quotes with the conviction added. At 21 years old (when my ban is expired), my insurance would have been around 800, but the minimum I can find is 1900 which is just insane for a 21 year old. I am wondering if you have any advice, or know of any other sort of forum, where there are law professionals, I have the following scenario which I would like to see if I could get into a legal loophole for any UK insurance purposes. - I have a UK license, I am just disqualified, however I will need to RE-APPLY for it to be re-instated (and see a doctor as I am now a HRO apparently) - I am in Australia. I am wondering if I got an Australian drivers license, I wouldn't even need to get my UK license re-instated? > If I have an Australian license, and a UK license (which I haven't reinstated), would insurers allow this? Would I even have to declare I had any criminal convictions? I am not sure who would be best to ask this question to - but if it's going to save me thousands a year, then I am going to look into this as much as I can. If you have no idea or knowledge of this, could you recommend anyone that would? Or a forum with people experienced in this sort of law and legal category? I don't realise how the UK expects a 21 year old to get on the road and to get a job again, if insurance costs them 2k a year, it's absolutely insane and I thought it wouldn't have been that much more. I regret what I did, but I didn't drive for over 15 seconds and was parked while caught (no blue lights), which just annoys the hell out of me - seeing as the huge consequence I've had for a 15 second mistake, at 4am in the morning and with no accidents caused.
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  • price1367's Avatar
    03-27-2017, 07:05 AM
    Why wait till the end of the year? The medical is not a punishment, it is an assessment of your fitness to drive and you can start to do something health wise whenever you want. It might be quite a shock to your system to give both up at once and that could make you struggle to pass. Why not try having 1-2 alcohol free days per week now, then gradually build up.you do not actually have to stop drinking to pass the medical, two or 3 beers twice a week will still see you pass.
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  • price1367's Avatar
    03-26-2017, 08:41 PM
    price1367 replied to a thread Medical in General Discussion
    The high reading is probably why DVLA Are playing it safe and checking with your GP, but he / she will give the all clear so you should be fine.
    4 replies | 94 view(s)
  • Reddragon11678's Avatar
    03-26-2017, 06:31 PM
    Reddragon11678 replied to a thread Medical in General Discussion
    Thank you for your input, I was hospitalised as I crashed my vehicle and injured another person, not seriously thank god. My reading was very high will they take this into account, this was in July 2014 and I was convicted December 2014, as far as my gp is concerned I have definitely not been there in the past 3 years regarding anything.
    4 replies | 94 view(s)
  • price1367's Avatar
    03-26-2017, 11:16 AM
    price1367 replied to a thread Medical in General Discussion
    From the history you have quoted there should be no problems. Your GP will simply say that there is no relevant history in the past 3 years and you should get your full licence back. Just depends on how long the doctor takes to reply as to when you here from DVLA.
    4 replies | 94 view(s)
  • Reddragon11678's Avatar
    03-26-2017, 10:34 AM
    Hi all, I have just received a letter off the dvla stating that they have written to my gp for further information? How can my gp give any input when I have only seen a gp 3-4 times in the past 6 years, I did go to gp about drinking too much which was about 8 years ago, was drinking heavy for a few months, but I'm not an alcoholic and only drink 2-3 times a month now, and have done for years, inadstained from alcohol for 6 weeks before my blood test, was just worried about them writing to go, last time I went to the go was around 4 years ago, any help would be much appreciated, thank you
    4 replies | 94 view(s)
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