Greatest day ever, well for a while.

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.
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!


6 thoughts on “Greatest day ever, well for a while.

  1. Attitude is everything. Your positive outlook these past couple of months has brought you great reward. I’m so pleased for you!!

  2. Yay! I’m glad you finally got it! I had a hard time passing my driver’s test to get my permit due to brain fog. I read the driver’s manual a couple times and then choked on the test because of a migraine. I got my permit, held it for 3 years (you can take the on road test in 6 months here in the states), it expired twice (after a year it expires and you need to renew it). Then I scheduled my driver’s test, on road, and then failed – bad headache, couldn’t concentrate, and then passed it the second time. I’m glad you finally got everything sorted! You’ll be a fully licensed driver in no time!

  3. Fantastic! So glad they have finally got their act together and sent you your licence! Best of luck with the lessons πŸ™‚ It sounds like you had a lovely day, which is very well-deserved! It’s great that you’re having more positive days like this now πŸ˜€

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