Driving Licence Revocations, Refusals to Renew Driving Licences and Medical Appeals
People rely upon the ability to drive for many reasons. We just cannot do without our cars nowadays. When it comes to driving, DVLA is responsible for all licensing matters.
A driving licence is no more than a permission to drive. That permission can be taken away by DVLA when there are grounds to do so. If a driver has a medical condition which may affect that person’s ability to drive safely, then there is an obligation by law to notify DVLA of this.
Unfortunately, that could lead to a lost driving licence. Philip Somarakis is arguably the leading lawyer in driving licence medical appeals. He has represented clients for the last 14 years, who have sought the return of their driving licence. Philip undertakes his own advocacy and has been successful in winning cases on appeal.
He has regular dialogue with DVLA and was requested by DVLA to provide feedback in improving its service delivery to customers.
One of Philip’s appeal cases resulted in an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman (PHSO), which found failings in the way that DVLA made decisions either to revoke driving licences, or to refuse to grant driving licences to people who had reported medical issues. Philip’s case was reported in the Sunday Times.