The DVLA has still not been in touch, and my licence has not arrived. I have not heard back from my Member of Parliament as yet, so yesterday I decided to email the Norfolk Police and ask for their advice. They replied last night, a great service from our local police force.
It seems I can drive until my new licence arrives, as long as I meet the following conditions.
You have the support of your doctor to continue driving
you had a valid licence
you only drive under the conditions of the previous licence
your application is less than a year old
your last licence wasn’t revoked or refused for medical reasons
you’re not currently disqualified
you weren’t disqualified as a high risk offender on or after 1 June 2013″
I do meet all those conditions, so as of today I am going to drive again. I have a printout of the email to keep in the car, and a note of my DVLA application reference.
Just a pity that I didn’t think to ask the police on the 17th of March.
If anyone who is affected by the DVLA delays reads this, I suggest you do the same thing, and then you will be able to drive legally.
“HURRAH FOR COMMONSENSE POLICING!”