1. Stephen
    November 1, 2018 @ 6:49 pm

    I have to say, this blog has confused me no end. I for one, owe Phillip Hammond a debt. I am a driving instructor and 10 years ago I suffered a serious medical condition that resulted in my right leg being amputated. This now left me being only able to drive an automatic car and consequently only able to teach clients who wanted to learn in an automatic. However, there are opportunities to give teaching to clients with full licences in their own manual cars – examples being pass plus, people wanting more advanced lessons – for example people wanting to become instructors, which I have taken advantage of and fleet drivers etc. These drivers already hold a full licence but the law at the time regarding driving instructors, barred me from teaching people with full licences in their own manual car, even though I passed all the tests required for giving driving instruction in a manual and only had my leg amputated, not my brain!

    I had a couple of years battle with the DVSA (then called the DSA) to no avail, and then I lobbied my MP – Mark Lancaster MP – on the grounds the current legislation at the time discriminated against disabled instructors. Mark went to Hammond. Hammond pressured the DVSA who then changed the legislation to allow “disabled” instructors, and the law changed in 2015 allowing disabled instructors to give lessons to full licence holders, in their own manual cars, thus removing the discrimination.

    I am struggling with this blog that paints Hammond as a “large organ”. I and other disabled instructors personally owe him a debt. He motivated the stubborn DVSA in a way that helps all disabled driving instructors expand their revenue earning opportunities by removing the discriminating legislation in place at the time.

    All I can say is politicians are always an easy target, but those gunning for them are never in full possession of the facts when they make the accusations and it is often an unfair and biased attack.


    • Angie
      November 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am

      Politicians are an easy target because they choose to be. Being in the public eye means being, well, public. I’m glad he did something good for you and other people with disabilities. But that doesn’t negate his actions (and lack of actions) in other areas where harm has been caused to the public by omission or commission.


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