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How do I deal with the DVLA/Police regarding my Dad?

AlsoConfused

Registered User
Sep 17, 2010
1,953
Congratulations, Gail, for finally getting through to someone with the power to sort out this problem! I'm appalled by the way you and your poor Dad have been treated.
 

Shedrech

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Dec 15, 2012
9,130
Yorkshire
well done GailM
now lie through your teeth to get your dad there - tell him whatever you know will tempt him most
eg if he thinks it'll be a way of proving to everyone how great he is, then tell him that's what the appointment will do
if he'd like to stop driving and wants an excuse ....
if he likes freebies, then say you've heard of people getting extra/free benefits or whatever ...
you know your dad best, so suit the carrot/stick to his preferences

maybe even offer to take him/accompany him in his car - that way you get access to it - maybe go back for tea at your place and somehow lose the keys, which is OK as you can get him back and find them for him later ....

and before the appointment, follow up your phone conversation with a letter/email confirming everything you said and giving any more details you can think of eg describe your dad on his worst day and say how long you've been concerned

it's really good that the doctor is on side, hopefully an ally for you now
 

nmintueo

Registered User
Jun 28, 2011
847
UK
My Cousin will continue to let my Dad take him to and from work for as long as he possibly can (even though he's admitted he doesn't feel safe). The reason being, and I quote, "it would be four hours travelling time a day otherwise"
Again: what does he think he's going to do when your dad eventually stops driving? He knows it will happen eventually.

He needs to learn to drive himself now. He must see that, because it is so obvious.
 

jenniferpa

Registered User
Jun 27, 2006
39,448
You may not be willing to do this, but with regard to cousin, do you think it might be an incentive if he was told that if he learns to drive your father would give him the car? I mean I totally understand if you don't wish to do this and it absolutely shouldn't be necessary but if we are talking about carrots, that might be jolly big one.

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GailM

Registered User
Jan 1, 2017
34
My Cousin has no interest in driving and said so again when I spoke to him two weeks ago (and that was without me asking him). He part owns the car with my Dad and my Uncle. I have an awful feeling my Dad is going to ignore the Over 75 letter. I'm wondering whether to wait a bit then phone the doctor, maybe saying if he has attended would she be able to do a home visit whilst making it look like it's standard procedure to do so if the appointment is not made. I know she won't be allowed to give information but maybe if he has been she might we don't need to do that. When I spoke to her she said contact Social Services if he doesn't attend. I really don't want to go that far if I don't have to.
 

reedysue

Registered User
Nov 4, 2014
4,824
Scotland
If your dad ignores the over 75 letter his licence will expire and his insurance will be invalid so he won't be able to drive legally anymore, this might solve the problem.
 

Primrose19

Registered User
Nov 27, 2016
62
If your dad ignores the over 75 letter his licence will expire and his insurance will be invalid so he won't be able to drive legally anymore, this might solve the problem.
That's what happened with my mum, we were worried about her driving and after her AD diagnosis, rang the DVLA to let them know but it turned out she had not renewed her licence when it was due a few months before! She had put the half-completed form somewhere - it turned up months later. The car tax and insurance were due about the same time so persuaded her to stop driving then. I think she probably would have had to take a test to get a new licence rather than the self-assessed renewal!
 

BR_ANA

Registered User
Jun 27, 2012
1,079
Brazil
So, if your dad ignores the over 75 letter and get his licence revoked, your uncle and your cousin will allow someone unlicensed drive their car?

I think they can have serious problems if something happens.




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GailM

Registered User
Jan 1, 2017
34
I should have made myself clearer. When I said he might not attend the Over 75, I meant the health check at the doctors. As has been stated above if he doesn't return the DVLA form by this birthday, he won't have a valid licence. It's a bit of a waiting game at the moment as I have no idea how/if the DVLA form will be filled in, or whether he will attend to Over 75's health check at the doctors.
 

GailM

Registered User
Jan 1, 2017
34
It looks like I might be getting somewhere. My Uncle told me the DVLA form was filled in last weekend online. Obviously I have no idea what answers were given. However there was a message left on their landline last Friday from the surgery. My Dad said it could have been for him or my Auntie. I've just seen my Dad and asked if he found out who the call was for. He said it was for him relating to a health check. He said he couldn't really see the point in it and it was money making racket. He didn't see he wasn't going though, so fingers crossed...
 

Shedrech

Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
9,130
Yorkshire
hi GailM
sounds promising
I know you spoke to your dad's GP - have you followed that up with a letter/email so that all your info on your dad's behaviours and (lack of) abilities and your concerns are down in black and white - with maybe a few suggestions on the right kind of questions to ask your dad to put him on the back foot so he gives out information he may otherwise try to fudge - not pleasant to do, I appreciate, but all done in your dad's best interests and for his safety
beat wishes
 

Angie1996

Registered User
May 15, 2016
515
Somerset
You need to ensure he goes, do everything in your power to "sell" the benefits for the "check up"..........

Suggest you also remind him and even on the day remind him........

Hope it gets sorted out for you x
 

GailM

Registered User
Jan 1, 2017
34
Result! My Dad is having the Over 75 Health Check today at 11.30.:) This will set the ball rolling. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to post a comment. A huge weight is starting to lift.
 

GailM

Registered User
Jan 1, 2017
34
I'm not sure what to make of what I know so far regarding the Health Check. My Dad saw the Nurse on Monday (blood pressure etc). Yesterday he saw a Doctor. My Dad said they had him counting backwards to "try and catch him out" and he passed. Whether he did or not I have no idea...He has been given a PEARS referral and so he will finally be going to the Opticians.