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Reporting elderly unsafe driver to DVLA

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GolacticoGolactico Forumite
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A simple question that I can't find the answer to anywhere else:

What happens when you complete the online form to report concerns about an be elderly driver? Do DVLA write directly to the person? Do they ask them to complete a form? Do DVLA contact the person's GP or local police?

I just want to be fully informed before I take this step, so any experience that could be shared regarding the DVLA procedural aspects much appreciated.

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  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    We reported an unsafe elderly driver to the local police with dash cam footage. They contacted him and after advising of what he had been doing the elderly gent offered to give up his licence.

    The police advised us they would check this and if he did not they would pursue it.
  • JGB1955JGB1955 Forumite
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    According to an article in the Telegraph (so may NOT be totally accurate)


    Anyone can tell the DVLA if they think someone is not fit to drive – regardless of the driver's age. The DVLA will then ask its Drivers Medical Group to carry out an investigation, contacting the driver's GP if necessary. Unlike visits to the optician, if you ignore its letter you will have your licence revoked immediately for non-compliance.
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    Golactico wrote: »
    I just want to be fully informed before I take this step,.

    Why does it matter? If they're unsafe then they're unsafe. The result regardless of their procedures always comes with the possibility of losing their licence.
  • GolacticoGolactico Forumite
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    Tarambor wrote: »
    Why does it matter? If they're unsafe then they're unsafe. The result regardless of their procedures always comes with the possibility of losing their licence.

    I agree. In these circumstances though, the threat is removed as the car is no longer in their possession and no danger of them going out and getting another one. However, the family are suffering a huge backlash and it would help to get the licence revoked so that we can cast the DVLA/doctor/police as the big bad wolf to hopefully send the message that it's not just the family thinking that we know best.
  • JackmydadJackmydad Forumite
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    Golactico wrote: »
    I agree. In these circumstances though, the threat is removed as the car is no longer in their possession and no danger of them going out and getting another one. However, the family are suffering a huge backlash and it would help to get the licence revoked so that we can cast the DVLA/doctor/police as the big bad wolf to hopefully send the message that it's not just the family thinking that we know best.

    Good luck with this. However my late MIL decided herself to have a driving assessment.
    The assessment rightly ended her driving.
    In her eyes, we were to blame though.
    She did have dementia which unfortunately rapidly worsened though.
  • MercdriverMercdriver Forumite
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    sheramber wrote: »
    We reported an unsafe elderly driver to the local police with dash cam footage. They contacted him and after advising of what he had been doing the elderly gent offered to give up his licence.

    The police advised us they would check this and if he did not they would pursue it.

    was his name Philip?
  • ScrapitScrapit Forumite
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    Sounds like a person you want off the road that isn't related to you.
  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    Golactico wrote: »
    I agree. In these circumstances though, the threat is removed as the car is no longer in their possession and no danger of them going out and getting another one. However, the family are suffering a huge backlash and it would help to get the licence revoked so that we can cast the DVLA/doctor/police as the big bad wolf to hopefully send the message that it's not just the family thinking that we know best.

    But they will probably assume you reported them.
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