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Hi

i was turned down for provisional last year even though my epilepsy doesn't bother me at all ,,,, any one here drive or had to fight for licence ????

Beginning of the discussion - 31/01/2018

Epilepsy and Driving

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Good advisor

Hi @Donna41‍ ,

thank you for this post! I am sure you will get some feedback soon.

Take care!

Margarita

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Hi have you proof of u being sezure free for 12 months and are well controlled  ive had a battle over the years but get ur GP on side first along with your specialist  then take the fight to them appeal the decision 

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Doctor is on my side , says I'm well enough to drive 

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Is it still the same protocol with the dvla you got to prove that you have not had a seizure in last 12 months? As I would like to be able to learn to drive but I would be to worried incase I did have a fit whilst behind the wheel of a car, I would never forgive myself if I caused an accident and someone got hurt because of my illness! It absolutely terrifies me , so I'm lucky my other half drives so he can take me where I need to be but sometimes I feel like I have no independence I just can't get into a car and go were I want like other people

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If ure other half drives I would just leave it just in case , is it actual fits u take ? If so ad leave it I only take very small seizures when I do , yeah u got to b seizure free for a year x

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Same thing happened to me, was told, 'you've got a free bus pass haven't you?'

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I have just relocated from South Africa... After having a seizure whilst driving at the age of 17, I promised myself I wouldn't drive again due to the risk of others' lives. Between the Doctor and I, we both decided to give driving a miss. 

Now being in U.K. I am eligible to have a '60 Smart Bus Pass', which I have managed to obtain. No need now to drive as you have a fantastic bus/transport system! I would rather rely on the bus than drive and injure other people. 

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@Donna41 When I first developed epilepsy one had to stop driving for 3 years.  I have been driving since then with no problems and I see that the rule is now only one year.  I was not aware that one could get a bus pass before one is 60 years but as I am now 76 I have had one for several years although I do not use it often 'cos the buses are so infrequent !  

I keep losing my balance now which is fine if I have my walking stick, or there is a wall or lamp post to hold me.  I have got an appointment to see my brain surgeon on 16 August so he may adjust my shunt.  Done it before, he can do it again .

Otherwise I am fine except for many bruises ! 

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yes if a medical condition stops you driving you are entitled to a bus pass

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