Li­cens­ing process is open to abuse

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lucinda Cameron

The sys­tem of ap­ply­ing for an LGV li­cence from the DVLA is open to abuse, the in­quiry heard on Thurs­day.

The fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­quiry look­ing into the tragedy had al­ready heard that driver Harry Clarke had a history of health is­sues in­clud­ing faint­ing, dizzi­ness and stress dat­ing back to the 1970s. It also heard that he failed to dis­close his health history to the DVLA and on job ap­pli­ca­tion forms.

The in­quiry at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court was told that when some­one ap­plies for a Group 2 or LGV li­cence there is no sys­tem of cross-check­ing what the ap­pli­cant says with their GP history.

So­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate Ron­ald Con­way, rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily of vic­tim Stephe­nieTait, asked Dr Gareth Parry, a se­nior med­i­cal ad­viser for the DVLA, whether the sys­tem is open to abuse. Dr Parry said:“Yes.” Mr Con­way also asked: “Par­tic­u­larly in the con­text of Group 2 li­cences, the cur­rent sys­tem ex­poses ap­pli­cants to a huge level of temp­ta­tion?”

Dr Parry replied:“Yes, I think there is an op­por­tu­nity for that.”

The in­quiry heard that GPs are not obliged to no­tify the DVLA if they tell a pa­tient they are not fit to drive.

Mr Con­way also re­ferred to the DVLA at-a-glance guide for med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers dated Novem­ber 2014, which gives ad­vice on as­sess­ing a pa­tient’s fit­ness to drive.

He said:“I’m sug­gest­ing to you that, in par­tic­u­lar, this doc­u­ment in its 2014 for­mat lets down health prac­ti­tion­ers and in par­tic­u­lar GPs.”

Dr Parry said:“I would not dis­agree that the guide­lines could be looked at.”

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