Appealing DVLA decision.

Convicted Driver Insurance


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Dear Sir,

Recently I supplied blood, in hindsight I should’ve read recommendations for %CDT test on the net.

I admit that I had few drinks week before the test, and previous week, but all drinking for previous weeks were well under recommended alcohol intake for male of 14 units a week, I generally was drinking well under 14 units.

Now I have received a letter telling me that I didn’t pass and my %CDT is 0.7%, I looked at various sources including on this site, and information is consistent to be:

For drivers with a history of alcohol dependence

GREEN - %CDT = 1.6% or less

I do not have any dependence history registered with my GP or any alcohol related illnesses. My offence was 10 years ago, and as I was living abroad I didn’t bother to apply, I had attempted to apply once few years back when I returned to the country, but due to inconvenient location of the nominated doctor didn’t see the process through.

Do I have any chance to appeal the decision, I can stop drinking no problem for whichever the timescale. I find it bit unfair that they declined my application, I wasn’t trying to get it on false pretence that I am not drinking at all … I was confident that my drinking was always under 14 units a week and this should’ve been sufficient.

The letter states that they will consider my new application in a year and me being abstinent from alcohol for a year.

I am planning to appeal, but would like an advice what should I write to them and if I have a chance? I don’t mind proposing the repletion of the blood test etc or perhaps you could advise what is the normal thigs to say to them?!

Thanks you in advance and best regards,

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