So if you read my blog regularly you will know of my struggles with the driving authority getting a provisional licence so I can learnt to drive. If you don’t know I will summarise now. Basically I can drive in Dubai (where I use to live) as I learnt there, but I learnt on an automatic car and a Dubai licence isn’t transferable to a UK licence. So I had to start the whole process again. I applied and disclosed all my medical information, and they declined my application due to my psychiatric issues (depression). I then got my psychologist, GP and local mental health team to write to them saying I was safe to drive and was invited to reapply. So I did that and went through the whole process of applying again with medical forms and questionnaires to my GP. I got a letter 2 weeks ago saying it would be at least a 12 week wait before I get a decision. I was angry but there was nothing I could do to speed up the process. I felt like I had been stabbed in the back, I told them my medical issues I could have easily lied and it would’ve taken me less than 2 weeks to get a provisional out of them but I didn’t. I told them about them all, and then I recovered mostly from depression but I was still waiting on hearing back from them, even though I am and always have been safe to drive. I first applied for this licence nearly a year ago now. It had been nearly a whole year and I still hadn’t gotten a provisional licence, the licence you need here before you can learn to drive.
Today the post came. I saw two brown envelopes (the drivers authority always use brown envelopes, so I knew it was them) One was thin and the other a bit thicker, the thin one was thin enough to be a rejection. I wasn’t expecting anything from them as they said at least 12 weeks so I was convinced that it was a rejection again.
I opened it and it said ‘You meet the legal medical standards for being able to drive your licence will be posted out to you in the next 14 days’ I was thrilled, finally I had got a provisional after all that time. So I opened the next letter and there it was, my provisional licence card.
I FINALLY GOT IT!
Absolutely thrilled, I screamed upstairs to my sister as she was the only one in, and then I literally jumped around the house for about an hour.
So happy, got my first driving lesson on a manual car tomorrow afternoon and we will go from there. Got to learn loads of theory and book my theory test also. But hopefully it won’t be long before I have my full licence and I’m driving!!!
And as if the day couldn’t get any better, this afternoon I received an email from the company of the job I applied for and I’m being offered an interview in a week and a half’s time.
All topped off with my Dad arriving for two weeks from Dubai this evening and had a nice family BBQ, which I cooked.
So all in all a very good day! Happy Sian!